Despite the transfer window being closed, the New York Red Bulls are looking at potential roster additions. Red Bulls Communications Specialist Eric Giacometti reported that there are two players on trial from the sister club in Brazil.
Joao Gabriel is a 20-year-old striker who had a successful stint with Cruzeiro's Under-20 team. Perusses is a 20-year-old fullback who is on RB Brasil's senior team.
Both striker and fullback are a position of need for the Red Bulls. The club has yet to find a suitable backup striker, with Gonzalo Veron being forced to the wing during infrequent appearances, short-term loanee Omer Damari constantly injured, and Anatole Abang sent to Denmark.
Fullback depth is also a premium for a back line that has seen two players go down with season-ending injuries, and five more missing for long stretches of the season. Whether the Brazilians -- who currently play in Sao Paulo's Campeonato Paulista -- are good enough to earn an invite to preseason training camp remains to be seen.
In 2015, New York had another player from RB Brasil, Anderson Cajano, on preseason trial following a training stint. He did not make the final roster, and moved to Icasa on a free transfer. During Cajano's trial, Red Bull Brasil's Sporting Director indicated there would be more player movement between the two clubs.
New York has always been a bit of an outlier when it comes to Red Bull soccer. Talented players would rise from Brasil to Salzburg and Leipzig, while New York would get castoffs or players near retirement from the European clubs. However, there's been an increase in resource sharing during Jesse Marsch's tenure and these recent trialists could be the latest sign of the club's increased inclusion under the corporate umbrella.