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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

January 16, 2017
Yes, Red Bulls fans, it hurts

By Michael Lewis Editor

LOS ANGELES -- A message to Red Bulls' fans:

I know it hurts. I felt similar when I was a sports fan.

When I was growing up, some of my favorite players were traded away by various New York sports tams -- Ed Giacomin (Rangers), Bobby Murcer (Yankees), Tom Seaver (Mets) and even the great Joe Namath (Jets).

I might have hated the various teams at the time for trading away these icons, but the hurt slowly dissipated.

Like it or not, sports is a business more so than ever before.

Today, Monday, Jan. 16, the Red Bulls sold popular midfielder and captain Dax McCarty to the Chicago Fire for $400,000 in allocation money.

Yes, it hurts.

I remember how it hurt when the Red Bulls decided to can the popular Mike Petke as their head coach two years ago and the outcry from the fans (and rightfully so).

In came Jesse Marsch, who produced two wonderful back-to-back successful seasons, a Supporters Shield in 2015 and an Eastern Conference crown last year. The Red Bulls failed to reach MLS Cup both seasons, but it was quite a ride with Petke's replacement at the helm.

Yes, it hurts.

Teams are looking for ways to win and get the most out of their players, especially when they are on the market.

Like it or not, McCarty missed several games last season due to injury and perhaps the Red Bulls felt he at his best market value in January 2017.

The Red Bulls were looking to get some extra spending money -- $400K in allocation money and McCarty's guaranteed income of $500K a season -- to most likely bring in another player, perhaps a game-breaker or impact player

Dax played his heart out for the Red Bulls. Yes, he bled, well, Red Bulls red, to paraphrase what was said about one-time LA Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who bled Dodger blue.

You might not realize it, but there are other players, perhaps a Sean Davis, who are willing to work their way into your heart as they will play their hearts out.

Yes, it hurts.

But life will go on.

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