|Rost: The Red Bulls' Latest Designated Player|
Rost was not offered a new deal with Hamburg at the end of the 2010-11 season, so the Red Bulls did not have to pay a transfer fee to secure his services. That they have offered him a designated player deal shows the depth of concern across the organization with weakness at the goalkeeping position. Bouna Coundoul and Greg Sutton's struggles are well documented, and it was hardly a secret that Erik Solér was out shopping for a solution.
The length of Rost's contract has not yet been disclosed, and it remains to be seen who might be waived or traded to make room for him. Coundoul, whose total compensation dwarfs Sutton's, would seem to be a prime candidate for the chopping block, but there could be other moves afoot as well. Stay tuned.
Pending approval of his visa and international transfer certificate, Rost could suit up as soon as Saturday in Los Angeles, when the Red Bulls take on Chivas USA.