Luke Rodgers denied visa
March 30, 2012
RBNY released the following statement regarding forward Luke Rodgers today: "After going through the entire immigration and appeals process, Luke's P-1 Visa application has unfortunately been denied by the U.S. government for now. We have spoken with Luke about potential options and have mutually decided that it would be in all parties' best interests to terminate his current MLS contract so he could play elsewhere. However, we will also continue to track his progress this year while working with immigration officials with the goal that he could join the Red Bulls sometime in the future."
Apparently, there is more to the transaction, as the NY Post reports that Rodgers was transferred to Lillestrom of the Norwegian top division. "He was transferred, as it was the most viable option for all parties," Erik Soler told the Post. "However, we still hope to obtain a visa so Luke can come back."