September 14, 2009
Red Bulls end Pacheco's loan deal
The Red Bulls announced Monday today that they terminated the loan deal and contract for left fullback Alfredo Pacheco, effective immediately.
|Alfredo Pacheco became a former Red Bull Monday
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Pacheco was signed on April 17, joining the MLS team from El Salvadorian First Division club, C.D. FAS.
A member of the El Salvador National Team, Pacheco appeared in 14 matches this season.
Pacheco's play this season was sporadic, at best. He started off well and got progressively worse. He hadn't played in a league match since the 4-0 loss at the Colorado Rapids on July 25. Danleigh Borman, who started the season at midfield, has taken over the left fullback slot.
The 28-year-old Pacheco's most forgettable performance came in the 3-2 home loss to D.C. United, when the Red Bulls squandered a 2-1 lead late in the match as the El Salvadoran and goalkeeper Jon Conway had communication problems on what turned into the winning goal April 26.
During stoppage time, Pacheco and Conway allowed D.C. Thabiso Khumalo to get to the ball on the left side and rookie Chris Pontius knocked the winner into the open net.
Pacheco said there was no miscommunication. "Conway said it was his ball," Pacheco said at the time.
Even though he was clear on the equalizer, Conway said he wasn't sure what happened on the game-winner. "I've got to look over it and review it and see what the situation was," he said at the time.
Then coach Juan Carlos Osorio felt the ball had to be cleared, period.
"They both have to clear the ball, one way or the other," he said at the time. "Everybody will have their own opinion, but Alfredo slid and Conway was nearby. But we were very poor in defending the ball."
Pacheco did not register any goals or assists, although he did help set up the Red Bulls' second goal in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League match against W Connection July 30, when his shot was deflected into the net for an own goal in a 2-2 draw in Trinidad & Tobago. The Red Bulls lost the return leg and were eliminated.
The Red Bulls' international players at the outside back spots have been nothing short of a disaster this season.
Right fullback Carlos Johnson incurred his third red card in the 1-0 home defeat to the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday. That tied a club and league record for the most red cards in a season. Besides the suspensions, the Costa Rican's playing time was limited due to a broken left foot that left him sidelined for two months (from May 16 to Aug. 15).
Johnson will miss Friday's home encounter with the New England Revolution with a one-game suspension. Rookie Jeremy Hall is expected to take his place.