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New York exercises buy-out option on loan deal

New York Red Bulls News Release – www.newyorkredbulls.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2008

NEW YORK — Red Bull New York announced today that forward Macoumba Kandji has signed a contract with Major League Soccer and will be part of the Red Bulls’ roster in 2009. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Kandji was among the league leaders in scoring (Elaine Carroll)«We liked what we saw from Mac during his time on loan with us,» said Red Bull New York Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. «Mac has shown that he is capable of playing at a higher level and we look forward to his contribution in the future.»

Kandji originally joined the club on loan from the United Soccer Leagues First Division’s Atlanta Silverbacks on Sept. 15, 2008. To acquire Kandji on a permanent basis, the Red Bulls paid an undisclosed transfer fee.

He made MLS debut on Sept. 27 vs. Colorado, coming on as a sub in the first of his five appearances, which included two starts. The Dakar, Senegal native scored his first MLS goal on the road at the Chicago Fire on Oct. 23, and assisted on two others over his 270 minutes of action.

He was among the 18 in each of New York’s four playoff matches, coming on as a sub in the series clinching win at the Houston Dynamo as well as the MLS Cup Final.

In only 21 games, Kandji had 11 goals and 5 assists for the season. He was listed to the USL-1 Best XI five times during the 2008 campaign, twice being named USL-1 Player of the week. Kandji also earned the Goal of the Week honors, and had the highest points per game of any player in the league (1.29)

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