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Leaky NYRB targeting defensive strength says Soler

New York Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler admits the team needs some strengthening in the defensive department.

The Red Bulls have shifted 10 goals in six MLS matches so far in 2012, which is the equal-third worst defensive record in the league, and Soler suggests perhaps a short-term fix is required.

With injuries to key defender Wilman Conde as well as midfielders Teemu Tainio and Roy Miller, Soler feels the Red Bulls have to look at getting some sort of defensive player in to offset the goals being banged in by Thierry Henry and Kenny Cooper.

"The fact Teemu is out and Roy is out - not a long-term thing, but he's still out - Conde we need to expect he'll be on and off a bit, I think our short-term discussions have been more in the defensive ballpark,'' said Soler.

"We have two guys up front they're playing so well, they're scoring goals, Joel (Lindpere) is starting to gear up, Dane (Richards) is looking batter. So we're probably short-term more in need of something in the defensive ballpark. Defender or midfielder is hard to say, but that's the way we look at it for the short-term.

"We need to stop giving away goals the way we do. Either we figure it out with the people we have, or we have to see if we can add quality.''

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