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The Red Bulls have become notorious through the years for seeing players come and go with great frequency. In the case of Juan Pablo Angel, the club had a player it could not afford to lose.
That, coupled with Angel's desire to stay in MLS and with the team he has spent the past two years with, led to the Red Bulls signing Angel to a contract extension on Monday.
'This is a clear sign from the organization that stability and continuity on and off the field are very important for us," Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover said. "This is the first of what we hope are many steps to help solidify our organization from top to bottom."
The new deal is guaranteed through the 2010 season, with multiple option years after that, meaning the the Colombian striker is a safe bet to retire as a Red Bull, but not before helping open Red Bull Arena in 2010.
"We’ve been working really hard over the last couple of months and finally we got it done at the right time before the start of the season," Angel said. "Most importantly I’m really looking forward to when we start playing at the Red Bull Arena which I’m sure, I have no doubt, is going to be the best stadium (in MLS)."
Although his deal should carry him into retirement, Angel wasn't thinking about the end of his career. He was thinking about 2009 and getting the Red Bulls back to MLS Cup.
"Right now I feel very strong," Angel said. "I feel excited to wake up in the morning and work out with the team. As of now I don’t have a change of mind. We’ll see what happens over the next hopefully few years."
Stover wouldn't give specifics of Angel's new deal, but did say that it will keep Angel among the league's highest-paid players.
What do you think about the news? Relieved to know that Angel will be around for a while? Were you worried that Angel would return to Argentina like Marcelo Gallardo did? Are you already envisioning Angel playing in Red Bull Arena?
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