Red Bulls Land Defender Chris Albright

Albright has 21 appearances and one goal for the U.S.

The new Red Bull regime continues to get to work, and continues to build from the back: less than a week after announcing the signing of Costa Rican defender Roy Miller, the team confirmed that it has traded a second- and a third-round pick in today’s SuperDraft to New England in exchange for veteran defender Chris Albright.

Albright is 31 (today’s his birthday, in fact) and he’s coming off a season lost to a knee injury (he had meniscus surgery last spring), but he’s a three-time MLS All-Star and has played on three MLS-Cup-winning teams—D.C. United in 1999, and the L.A. Galaxy in 2002 and ’05. He’s also played 21 times for the U.S., scoring one goal.

Albright will likely suit up at right back for RBNY.

Share your take in the comments. Is Albright a risk, considering his age and recent knee trouble? Or does he bring a solidifying veteran presence to the Red Bull backline?