January 4, 2010
Rojas joins Venezuelan team
GONE HOME Rojas joins Venezuelan team
|Jorge Rojas has been released by the Red Bulls and has joined Deportivo Tachira in his native Venezuela.
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Midfielder Jorge Rojas is a former Red Bull.
Rojas has joined Deportivo Tachira in his native Venezuela, according to the team's website and several news sources from the South American country, after two mostly disappointing seasons with the Red Bulls.
According to stories coming out of Venezuela, Rojas had left the Red Bulls, who did not mention they had released the player.
Rojas, a veteran Venezuelan international who turns 33 on Jan. 10, was brought in by former coach Juan Carlos Osorio to run the team's attack from central midfield. But the 5-10, 165-lb. Rojas preferred to play on the left side.
Regardless where he played, Rojas never turned into the impact player Osorio had hoped he would become. In fact, he wound up on the bench during the Red Bulls' run to MLS Cup in 2008.
He returned to the starting lineup in 2009, but never was consistent. His most memorable game was a two-goal performance (both in the first half) in a 4-1 home win over the lowly San Jose Earthquakes last May 8. As it turned out, those were the only two goals Rojas scored in a Red Bulls' uniform.
Rojas finished with two goals and seven assists in 2,340 minutes over 28 starts and 32 games during his Red Bulls tenure.
The Red Bulls have not yet named a head coach as the MLS player combine it set to begin in Fort Lauderdale Friday. It runs through Tuesday. The MLS SuperDraft will be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Richie Williams, who was promoted from assistant coach to interim coach after Osorio resigned, has been scouting college players for the team. Jeff Agoos, who had been sporting director until Erik Soler was named last month, is still with the team, making player personnel decisions.
There has been no target date as to when Soler wants to name a coach.