The New York Red Bulls have officially acquired forward Omer Damari on loan from RB Leipzig of the German Bundesliga, the team announced.
Damari will take a designated player spot on the Red Bulls' roster.
Damari joined RB Leipzig in January of 2014. He was then loaned out to Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga, where he had four goals and four assists in 16 appearances in the 2015-16 season.
"We're really looking forward to Omer joining the team," Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis said in a statement. "We follow a lot of the Red Bull-associated clubs pretty closely, so we've gotten to see him play on a number of occasions, and we think he can add a lot of quality to what we're doing in the final third."
The 27-year-old forward has won the Austrian league championship, the Austrian cup, and Israeli Cup.
He has nine goals in 20 national appearances for the Israeli team.
"There was good teamwork and communication in terms of bringing him aboard," Curtis said. "Fortunately, at the end of the day, we're able to add a quality striker, also in the prime of his career, and we think he can help us this year."
According to the team, Damari will be the first player in the Red Bull global system to play for Leipzig, Salzburg and New York.
"Prior to his time in the Austrian Bundesliga with Wien, Damari played for two Israeli clubs, Maccabi Petah Tikva and Hapoel Tel Aviv. He racked up 85 goals and 13 assists in 180 appearances between the two clubs, with most of the appearances and success coming with Tel Aviv," the Red Bulls said in a statement.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv:
August 1: Things haven't gone so well for Damari in Germany, as he was relegated to Leipzig's reserve squad and spent an unproductive season with Red Bull Salzburg. Bild referred to the Israeli striker as a "million dollar flop" and "Germany's most expensive fourth division player." However, you can't judge a player based on how he performed with one or even two clubs. Leipzig may have been the wrong situation for Damari, but he could thrive in New York. >> Read more...