Schopp Closed: Red Bull's Austrian Player Retiring
So my dude Pebble told this funny story about RBNY's Austrian midfielder Markus Schopp once...
An older couple was watching RBNY practice. The older gentleman knew all of the players, their strengths, their weaknesses, and where they fit best. The older woman knew soccer well enough but wasn’t too aware of who the players were.
The woman turned to one of the young men that was running around and said, “What is your name, son?” To which he replied, “Marcus Schopp.”
“Well, hello there Marcus,” she continued. “Where are you from?”
“Oh, Austria,” she said with a smile, “Well I wish you the best of luck and I hope you make the team.”
The husband nearly fell over with laughter as he had to explain to his wife later on that Mr. Schopp was the captain of the Austrian national team and was an already established professional footballer.
Turns out that he's no longer a professional footballer as he's decided to call time on his lengthy career. A mid-season acquisition in 2006, he only played played in 3 games in 07 and never really made an impact. Except on the club's bottom line where he was on the books for 175K (and allegedly more off the books).
But with Schopp, Ronald Watereus (200K), and Clint Mathis (410K) gone in 2008, Red Bull has a nice chunk of cash to rebuild with. If Osorio is smart enough to jettison Santino Quaranta and his 105K salary New York has close to $1 million to augment their side with a quality central attacking midfielder and back-line help...2 things they need desperately.
Bearing in mind the league's salary cap rules, who do you think they should pursue? Let me know below.