Click the above link for the new petition that encourages the Front office of the New York Red Bulls to bring him back. Now I know there was some confusion but anyone in the world may sign. (The last one was aimed at the US Department of State). So sign, share, and keep your fingers crossed that we bring back the striker!
Well, with the signing of Sebastian LeToux and the clearing out of Luke’s locker it would seem like Red Bulls have given up hope of resigning him this season. However, there is still hope for the 2013 season. It would seem like Luke will play for an unknown English side until we can get a solid yes or no from Homeland Security about the striker’s status. We can only hope that Red Bull has not given up on a known commodity that pairs well with captain Henry. I have a “feeling” ::cough:: ::cough:: that we haven’t given up and will just wait it out as Luke continues his career in England. I want to take this space to wish Luke the best of luck and we plan on following him wherever he plays…from the fjords of Norway to the Pubs of England to the bums of New York City!
This is just a quick update. The word is in and still no idea if Luke will come back. It has been made known to us by the NY Red Bulls Head Coach Hans Backe that he wants the fiesty striker back but, we still have to be patient with the US Governmnet.
In Norway Luke is just staying fit…not much has changed. he was hurt for a little while and he’s back now. It’d be nice to see him score some goals there with all the bad luck and injuries Lillestrom has but things seem to not be going the Englishman’s way.
Playing alongside Henry creates a lot of chances and Luke was able to capitalize on them wonderfully. We sold our young prospect, Juan Agudelo to Chivas USA for a solid defender. It was a great trade and this leads me to suggest things might be looking good for Luke…well hopefully. This is 100% conjecture. However, if Henry or cooper become hurt or both at the same time we have no good striker to fill in. We now only have 2 solid , good strikers in Kenny Cooper, who is leading the MLS in goals, and Henry who is in the number 2 spot even with missing several games recently.
Hope Luke returns soon. I’ll keep you updated if there is any change.
I’d like to thank Kristan Heneage from the New York Times Soccer blog, Goal, for mentioning this site in a great article about Luke Rodgers. You can read the full article titled Luke Rodgers Isn’t Giving Up
There really isn’t much to tell since the last post. We all are aware that Luke’s intentions are to stay fit in Lillestrom so he can make a return hopefully this summer in full match condition. However, the only thing stopping him is our own government. Please click the link on the side of the page to sign Luke’s petition. The more that sign will show immigration authorities ties to the USA. Also, please go to the Congressional Action tab and nicely bother the elected officials to look into the case. I listed all their contact information and if you scroll down to the bottom I illustrated the ways to go about it and even wrote out a template e-mail you can utilize.
As far as Luke’s performance in Norway is concerned there is little to report. April 9th Lillestrom was beaten by the small club Odd Genland from Skien, Norway 2-0. Luke Rodgers came into the game as a substitute in the last 20 minutes of the match and could not find the back of the net. However, Lillestrom and Luke are looking to bounce back against rivals Vålerenga from Oslo. The derby will take place 4/15 at 2pm EST at home. This is a huge match as the two teams are fierce rivals. It will be intense so I advise you to watch and see how Luke reacts to the atmosphere. I am sure it will be passionate and entertaining. The clubs absolutely despise one another. I will post the stream an hour before the game starts here. It will be accessible for US and most other countries IP addresses.
Luke Rodgers scored his first goal in a Lillestrom Kit after minutes being subbed into the match against the mighty Rosenborg. It looked as if he scored the game winner but 2 points were ripped from Lillestrom after a brilliant strike by the Rosenborg captain, Mikael Dorsin. Yet, it was a small victory for Lillestom and Luke Rodgers. They tied a great club, only to prove that are on the same level as Rosenborg, and showcased the work-rate of our favorite striker, Luke Rodgers.
After the game Luke Rodgers said this,”If possible, I hope to return to New York. I like it so far in Lillestrøm, but that’s the plan.”( you can read the full article Titled “I am not a Troublemaker” here I am Not a Troublemaker
We all hope to see you back in New York Luke. I cant even imagine what a 4-3-3 would look like with Cooper, Henry , and Rodgers up front. With just Henry and Cooper we were able to score 9 goals in the last two matches, with Luke you can add 2-3 more! It would be an offensive powerhouse the likes that never has been seen in the MLS.
After looking at the Lillestom message boards the fans are really taking a liking to Luke. I’d like to personally thank Superstefan from the Kanarifansen Lillestrøms forum for linking this site to the forum. With the help of my grandfather teaching me how to read Norweigian when I was a kid and Google translate I was able to decipher the outpouring of support from the Lillestrom fans.
As we await the inane answer from the Department of Homeland Security to clear Luke Rodgers he will be in Norway hopefully helping Lillestrom reach the top of the table and maybe even win a cup. The fans there are giving him the support he deserves. They are a classy bunch and I am glad we may have a good relationship with Lillestrom for future loan and player deals. It is always good to develop a bond with other clubs around the world for unforeseen issues just like the issue we have with Luke Rodgers.
Introducing Lillestrom’s newest striker Luke Rodgers!
Lillestrom is set to play Rosenborg BK today April 1st. (No, if you haven’t been keeping up with the developments this isn’t an April’s Fools joke! Luke really somehow was’t able to attain his Visa..yet easily got into Norway…..:::sigh:::)
Lets give Luke our full support and hope he bags a Hat Trick. Show them what you can do Luke! Luke, Luke , Luke Rodgers! Luke , Luke, Luke Rodgers!
Today at Red Bull Arena there wasn’t only a thrashing of the leagues newest team, Montreal Impact, the supporters had a nice tribute to the fan favorite. During minute 9 ( his Red Bull jersey number) we did a few of the old Cheers for Luke and even sang “There’s only one Luke Rodgers” to start it off. Luke Rodgers banners were still everywhere and his favorite Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood was even up.
Ill post Results from the game here.
Per Red Bulls Website, “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.”
Your work isn’t done. If you’d like to see Luke in a Red Bulls jersey the last resort is getting the attention of key State Department Officials and showing unified outrage with the decision. Are you passionate enough to take a few minutes to shoot an original email? If so here is the information you need.
firstname.lastname@example.org This email is for Mike Hammer, The VP of Media Relations of the State Department
email@example.com – This email is Victoria Nuland, a Spokesperson for the State Department
firstname.lastname@example.org -this is an assistant to the State Department
I just wrote this:
My name is Ian Erickson and I represent the group American Citizens
for Luke Rodgers. Over the past week I began a petition to allow Luke
Rodgers to receive a Visa so he may come to America again and play
professional soccer in the MLS for the New York Red Bulls. His P-1 Visa to play in the USA was denied today after a final appeal. The attached file is a list
of 715 people about 700 of them American Citizens that want Luke
Rodgers to have his visa. This is an organic and heartfelt response
to Luke Rodgers wait for his visa and the possibility he may be denied
the visa. The MLS, Red Bulls and Luke Rodgers had no hand in
organizing this petition. The American Citizens for Luke rodgers
signed on and agreed to the following Text:
” US Department of State Please Give Luke Rodgers of The New York Red
Bulls a Visa to play in the USA. Luke Rodgers created an unexpected
glimmer of hope for the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS season. The
English journeyman was a force to be reckoned with in the MLS and his
playing on the pitch has won over thousands of fans. He is immensely
entertaining to watch and is the perfect compliment to legend Thierry
Henry. Only with Luke Rodgers do we feel we can win any Championship.
As a result of his play and off the pitch interaction with fans
Luke Rodgers has added to the excitement of Harrison, New Jersey,
which is an area that is in desperate need for rejuvenation. The
success of the local rebuilding projects are tied in directly to the
Red Bulls being successful and without Luke Rodgers we fear they will
not have the added talent to do so. This will add to a decline in fan
interest therefore, a loss of millions of dollars in revenue in an
area that is much in need of cash flow.
Luke Rodgers is a shinning example of an individual that has
come to the USA during his previous visa period and produced
phenomenal results. He paid taxes on his wages, he gave back by
becoming involved in local charity programs for underprivileged and
ill children, ( http://www.starlight.org/mls ) and he never had any
issue with the law.
This is very important, not only to his fans, but also his family
Luke Rodgers has a young daughter and he is guaranteed a contract if
he returns to the USA. Only in the USA can he be guaranteed the
ability to support his young daughter and give her the care and life
We on the attached list believe in the above statement and implore you
to decide to give Luke Rodgers his chance to prove himself again in
the United States of America. The file is a .xls spreadsheet and the
names can be verified. The spreadsheet format is Name, City, State,
zip code, country and date signed. Luke Rodgers has all of us behind
him and being citizens we hope the visa will be granted. Below are
the comments left after each citizen signed. They each can be
Be creative but most of all be polite. I understand we are all upset but please do it with dignity and respect. If we can get a response from the above individuals we may be able to make some headway and see Luke back with us this summer. If you do get a response please let me know by posting a comment here.
UPDATE::: From what I have read it is only a one year deal at Lillestrøm to keep thing going for the striker until he can get the Visa situation straightened out..Hopefully Rodgers will be back in New York next year! So, that is the reality. Contact the people above and lets hope Luke has a storming year at Lillestrøm!! Also, I want to add congratulations to the Lillestrom supporters. You really are receiving a great forward in Rodgers. He will quickly become a fan favorite. If you are a Lillestrom supporter I am going to need some help updating this blog to continue to monitor Luke’s exploits in your wonderful city. I tried to join the message board and am waiting for approval.
Luke Rodgers created an unexpected glimmer of hope for the New York Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS season. The English journeyman was a force to be reckoned with in the MLS and his playing on the pitch has won over thousands of fans. He is immensely entertaining to watch and is the perfect complement to legend Thierry Henry. Only with Luke Rodgers do we feel we can win any Championship.
As a result of his play and off the pitch interaction with fans Luke Rodgers has added to the excitement of Harrison, New Jersey, which is an area that is in desperate need for rejuvenation. The success of the local rebuilding projects are tied in directly to the Red Bulls being successful and without Luke Rodgers we fear they will not have the added talent to do so. This will add to a decline in fan interest therefore, a loss of millions of dollars in revenue in an area that is much in need of cash flow.
Luke Rodgers is a shinning example of an individual that has come to the USA during his previous visa period and produced phenomenal results. He paid taxes on his wages, he gave back by becoming involved in local charity programs for underprivileged and ill children, ( http://www.starlight.org/mls ) and he never had any issue with the law.
This is very important, not only to his fans, but also his family Luke Rodgers has a young daughter and he is guaranteed a contract if he returns to the USA. Only in the USA can he be guaranteed the ability to support his young daughter and give her the care and life she deserves. Sign this and please distribute the petition. The link is here for the petition:
Luke Rodgers Petition
If you click the Congressional Action tab it will have ALL the contact information on the 11 main congressman and women we want to target since they are on the subcommittee that deals with immigration issues. However, it is equally as important to get your local Senator or Congressman involved. To get your Senator or House of Representative Email and Phone number please use this great tool here at : Contacting The Congress