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Red Bulls Loans

New York has agreed to loan rookie midfielder Nick Zimmerman (James Madison U.) and midfielder Matthew Mbuta (one league appearance) to Crystal Palace Baltimore this weekend for USL2 home matches against Western Massachusetts and Charlotte, officials from the third-division club said. Mbuta is a former Crystal Palace player. The Red Bulls host Houston on Saturday.

By Steve Goff  |  May 13, 2009; 3:02 PM ET
Categories:  MLS , USL  
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Note to Chris Berman:

Matthew ("Bread") Mbuta

Posted by: OWNTF | May 13, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I like this new trend of loaning players to USL teams (although it should probably be a bit longer than the weekend). Wouldn't this system add credence to expanding the roster size, not contracting it?

Posted by: diego_r | May 13, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Another MLS-USL 3 day loan. Good idea. Gets more playing time for the MLS players and allows Crystal Palace some depth for two games which really shouldn't be played on back to back nights.

Posted by: BelovedCartoonMouse | May 13, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

diego_r. I think in most cases these teams getting loaned player's are not paying for them. It's just keeping guys who aren't getting any action some playing time and helping out lower tier clubs at the same time. Why would the league want to expand roster sizes so they can loan out even more dead weight without a financial return?

Dead weight might be the wrong term.

Posted by: DadRyan | May 13, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes, good for them, but this policy of one day loans is very strange. Mbuta just played 90 minutes for another USL2 club last week. What's to keep USL clubs from abusing these kinds of arrangements? IMO there should be a minimum term set for these loans deals and it should be longer than a day.

Posted by: whoshotsam | May 13, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

@diego r - not a bad thought. If it's too costly to have a reserve league, teams could use those players to get a little coinage form the lower level teams.

On the other hand, if teams are loaning out players, it suggests that there's not much need to expand rosters. I'm guessing those same players would probably benefit more from being regulars in the lower leagues. Then, if they're needed at the MLS, the loans could go the other way. That economic model probably does work better for the MLS and the USL. I think.

Posted by: fischy | May 13, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey, if they're your players, healthy and you know they won't be in the 18 this weekend, you might as well get them some time on the pitch, right?

Posted by: joshuaostevens | May 13, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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