The New York Red Bulls have re-acquired German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski via a free transfer for the 2019 season, the club announced Thursday, three days after announcing he had joined the team for preseason.

The Red Bulls used targeted allocation money on the addition.

"We are pleased to complete this signing and bring Marc back to New York," Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. "Marc played an important role for us last year and we expect those contributions to continue in 2019."

Last January, the Red Bulls acquired Rzatkowski on a season-long loan from sister club Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga.

"Marc showed his value and quality throughout last year, and we're happy to have him back on a permanent basis," head coach Chris Armas said in a statement. "Marc adds experience, intelligence, and a competitive edge that is needed in our squad. He also has integrated so well with everyone and fits in perfectly with our culture and the way we work."

Last season, the 28-year-old Rzatkowski played 24 regular-season games (16 starts) for the Red Bulls, scoring two goals and adding seven assists.

--Field Level Media

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