Last November, Kevin Hartman was released by FC Dallas, and many were surprised that no other team has called for his services before now. During last week’s game, Colorado Rapids’ keeper Matt Pickens was injured, and many soccer followers and journalists were surprised the Rapids did not try to sign Hartman.
Last night, Kevin Hartman tweeted that he had signed with the New York Red Bulls. He will join a squad that already had three goalies. In addition to being a member of the senior squad, Hartman will be the Goalkeeping Development Manager.
The Red Bulls are glad that one of the best and most successful keepers is joining their squad.
“We would like to welcome Kevin to the Red Bulls,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “As one of MLS’ most successful goalkeepers of all time, Kevin brings a wealth of playing experience and the knowledge of what it takes to be successful at the highest level. That’s why we are delighted that Kevin will pass on that knowledge to our next generation of goalkeepers in the role of Goalkeeping Development Manager, while also giving us another quality goalkeeping option as part of our first team roster.”
I am surprised it took this long for Hartman to find a new home. Colorado could have really used him after Pickens’ injury, and they totally missed out on an opportunity. Another team I could have seen trying to get Hartman to come play in a more mentor role is the Philadelphia Union.
A true veteran goalie like Hartman has the potential of making current starter Zac MacMath an even better keeper. MacMath is not off to a bad start this season, but training with a veteran in only his second season as a starting goalie, could bode well for Philadelphia.
It is good to see Hartman back with an MLS team, and will be fun to watch him goal yet again.
Phil Naegely is a Soccer writer for RantSports.com. He also writes about College Basketball, MLB, NASCAR, and NBA news. Like him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @afriendofgod512 and add him to your circles on Google+.