The Red Bulls have completed the transfer of Daniel Royer from FC Midtjylland of the Danish Superliga, pending receipt of ITC and P-1 visa, the the team said.
Royer, 26, has two goals and three assists for Midtjylland in 36 appearances between the Superliga, Champions League qualifying and the Europa League.
"We're pleased to add Daniel to our team," Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis said in a statement. "He's a talented player that is in the prime of his career. His ability to play different positions in the midfield gives us both quality and depth. Daniel is a very intelligent and mature young man, and we look forward to him joining the club."
The midfielder also has six caps for the Austrian National Team and previously played in the Austrian Bundesliga. He notched 15 goals and 20 assists across 104 appearances for Austria Wien and SV Reid. He won the Austrian Cup with Reid in the 2010-11 season, the Red Bulls said.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv:
The New York Red Bulls play things close to the vest. After months of illogical, untrue transfer rumors, Sporting Director Ali Curtis pulled off a signing that stayed under wraps until the last minute.
The contract details are unknown, but AOK.DK reported that the Red Bulls paid a $225,000 transfer fee. The extent of Royer's cap hit will be revealed in September when the MLS Players' Union does its biannual release of player salaries.
There's not a lot known about Royer, as most people aren't frequent viewers of the Danish Superliga. However, he's played for some notable clubs - like Hannover, Koln, and Midtjylland - and has six appearances with the Austrian national team, so he should be able to make an impact in MLS. Based on brief research, he appears to be a fast player who works hard on defense and has the ability to score from distance.
Where does Royer fit in on the roster? He can play both attacking midfielder and winger. However, with Sacha Kljestan having locked down the former, it appears that Royer will be fighting for minutes with Mike Grella, Gonzalo Veron, and Alex Muyl. Muyl and Grella have received the lion's share of playing time on the wing, and this acquisition could force a permanent switch to striker or an exit for Veron.
As with all summer singings, there is most likely going to be a very long adjustment period. Most international players take at least six months to adapt, while some never do. It won't be fair to judge Royer until at least next season, but there will still be an expectation that he contributes this year.