By DAN KARELL
Just hours before the end of the Major League Soccer summer transfer window, the New York Red Bulls added some much needed depth to their squad.
On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Australian international David Carney subject to the passing of a physical, receipt of his P-1 Visa, and his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Carney, a left-sided player by trade, can play anywhere from left back to left midfielder, and will help the Red Bulls overcome the season-long loss of Heath Pearce to a hip injury and subsequent surgery. From February-September 2012, Carney played his club soccer for Bunyodkor in Uzbekistan, although he has been without a club since then.
He most recently trialed with Blackpool in England, though he pulled out after making just one appearance as a substitute in a friendly match due to a reported fear of suffering an injury.
The 29-year-old has featured extensively in the past for the Australian National Team, earning 46 caps and scoring six goals since his international debut in 2006. Carney represented the Socceroos in the 2007 and 2011 Asian Cups, as well as the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
After coming through the youth ranks with Everton alongside Wayne Rooney, Carney wasn’t offered a contract, and ended up returning home to his native Sydney, Australia, where he signed terms with Sydney FC after short stints at Oldham Athletic and Hamilton Academical.
In 2007, Carney moved back to England, joining Sheffield United, though his time there didn’t work out so well, which included a season-long loan to Norwich City. From there he moved to FC Twente in the Eredivisie, Blackpool in their only season in the English Premier League, Alcorcon in Spain’s second division, and then Budyonkor.
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