Toni Stahl fights with Fredy Montero for possession of a loose ball in Seattle. - marc_tacoma, flickr
The New York Red Bulls apparently need to fill in for walking red card Rafa Marquez, who left for Mexican team Club Leon after the 2012 Major League Soccer season ended.
Hey, remember that time when Toni Stahl got a red card? In his only appearance ever in Major League Soccer?
The New York Red Bulls don't seem to remember. However, pretty much anyone who has ever heard of the Philadelphia Union knows about it.
According to Franco Panizo, of MLSsoccer.com and Soccer By Ives, the former Union draft failure will participate in the Red Bull's preseason as one of two unsigned invitees. The other trialist is former Red Bull defender Tyler Ruthven, whose father pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Sources have identified to me two players invited for trials at #RBNY's preseason camp: Tyler Ruthven and @FTLStrikers CB Toni Stahl.
The good news for #RBNY fans on Stahl is bad news for #Strikers fans. Stahl wants out of FtL, unlikely to return even if doesn't stick in NY
Stahl, who was deemed one of the biggest mistakes in Union history, played the last two seasons for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers and was named to the NASL's 2011 Best X11 team.
Despite having some success in American soccer's second division, Stahl will forever be known for being sent off in his first, and only, game in MLS. The center back, converted from a center defensive midfielder role in college, received two yellow cards in only 40 minutes against the Seattle Sounders in Philadelphia's first ever official game.
The then 24-year-old saw no more minutes for the first team in league play and was eventually let go after the season was over. The mistake in draft choice was doubled by the fact that current Bolton Wanderer, and former MLS Rookie of the Year, Tim Ream was selected one spot behind Stahl by the Red Bulls.