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Red Bulls To Play Márquez In Defense This Year

Rafa Márquez’s much-rumored move from the Red Bulls’ midfield to the back line looks set to become a reality. Márquez, who spent much of last year in New York’s midfield despite playing mostly as a center back for the Mexican national team and his previous club, FC .

However, now it seems likely he will join US international Tim Ream in central defense for 2011.

“I said this to Erik [Solér, RBNY’s sporting director], ‘This is his position,’” NY Red Bulls manager Hans Backe told the media recently on a conference call. “There’s no doubt. He is absolutely a leader in the back four. We’ll use him as a center back, definitely.”

Moving Márquez to center-half means that the NYRB now have a big hole in center midfield that needs to be filled in the next five weeks before the MLS season gets underway.