The 2011 MLS season was a disappointment for the New York Red Bulls. They struggled to make the playoffs, then were ousted in the second round by the LA Galaxy. This promises to be an offseason of discontent, and change, for the Red Bulls.
New York got that offseason started today by announcing that Thierry Henry has been named the team's Most Valuable Player for 2011, no surprise since the French strikes led the team with 14 regular-season goals. Luke Rodgers was named Newcomer of the Year, Jan Gunnar Solli took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award, and Stephen Keel was the team's Humanitarian of the Year.
Coach Hans Backe also made a bit of news while discussing a couple of other big-name Red Bulls, Rafa Marquez and Frank Rost.
There is speculation as to whether Marquez, suspended following a post-game tirade following a regular-season game, will return to New York. Marquez has indicated that he may go back to Mexico.
"I haven't heard anything; next week we will sit down with every player individually and go through this year and look for the future. We will have a meeting with him too," Backe said.
Backe also said he expects 38-year-old German goalkeeper Frank Rost, signed in midseason, to go back home.