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Red Bulls take risk on exciting Danish forward Jorgensen

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Miguel Almiron’s transfer to Newcastle was a watershed moment for MLS players who dream of making a big move to Europe. In a similar vein, Mathias Jorgensen‘s transfer to the New York Red Bulls is the latest sign that MLS is a destination, even for young European players.

The Red Bulls announced early Tuesday morning the signing of the 18-year-old Danish forward, making him one of the highest rated players to leave Europe at a young age for greener pastures in MLS. Whether just to get into the Red Bull system or not, Jorgensen’s move is a risk for all involved, one that could pay off greatly in the next few years for both club and player, or one that could discourage others to make a similar move until they’re well established.

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“We are really excited to have added Mathias to our team. He fits the profile of a Red Bull player and person that we look for,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said in a statement. “As a striker, Mathias gives us another dynamic option up the field with his speed, clever movements, and willingness to run behind defenses. In addition to his talent though, we love his attitude, humbleness, and his desire to work for the team.”

Jorgensen, the Red Bulls announced, was signed with Targeted Allocation Money, meaning he doesn’t count against the team’s Designated Player quota.

After debuting for Odense BK in his native Denmark in 2017, he became a regular in the gameday squad throughout the last four months of 2018. Jorgensen made 13 appearances including four starts, scoring twice in the Danish Superliga. He’s also appeared for Denmark’s Under-18 and Under-19 National Teams.

Without a lot of professional experience, the Red Bulls are certainly taking a gamble on Jorgensen, especially because he’s signed to a multi-year deal. But he’ll have the opportunity to train every day with Bradley Wright-Phillips, one of the league’s best scorers and a veteran who can pass along some tips he learned himself from the likes of Thierry Henry. In the future, perhaps Jorgensen can be the replacement for Wright-Phillips in New York.

End of Watch: Red Bulls announce signing of Kaku

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It’s finally over.

The long-awaited announcement of the signing of Alejandro ‘Kaku’ Romero Gamarra came on Friday as the New York Red Bulls made the transfer official. While the details of the transfer are undisclosed, Kaku has signed as the first Young Designated Player in club history.

Kaku joins from Argentine club Huracan, where he had been a member of the first team since 2013. He replaces fellow Argentine Designated Player Gonzalo Veron on the roster and will be expected to help replace the production of assist leader and playmaker Sacha Kljestan in midfield.

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“We are very pleased to reach an agreement with all parties and complete this deal,” sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “When we identified Kaku, he quickly became our top off-season target. He fits the profile of the player we are looking for: highly skilled, creative, and hard-working. During our discussions, we realized that we are adding a good player and great young man to our team. We look forward to seeing him continue to grow as part of the New York Red Bulls.”

The signing ends a months-long saga in which there were reports of multiple agreements to bring Kaku to New York, only for it to fall through.

Last December, Huracan posted that the Red Bulls and it had agreed on a $6.25 million transfer fee for Kaku, but the deal was held up for various reasons until Friday.

The Argentine youth international has been given the No. 10 shirt.

There is joy in Harrison, N.J. today. Mighty Red Bulls completed the deal.