Kaku Switched Sides

It was expected, and now its official -- NY Red Bull head coach has yet another international player on his roster who will, from time to time, be missing Red Bull training and games -- MLS, U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League friendlies, or what have you.

FIFA has approved New York Red Bulls Young Designated Player Alejandro "Kaku" Romero Gamarra's one-time switch to the Paraguayan National Team. Kaku was named today to Paraguay's camp for an international friendly against Japan on June 12 in Austria.

Kaku, who appeared for his native Argentina as a youth international through the Under-20 World Cup, draws Paraguayan lineage through his parents.

The Red Bulls signed Kaku as a Designated Player in February after completing a transfer from CA Huracan in Argentina. Since arriving, the playmaker has delivered three goals and leads MLS with nine assists in nine games played.

Kaku will depart to join Gustavo Morinigo's squad on Monday, June 4 and return to New York following the match on June 12.