New York Red Bulls midfielder Alejandro “Kaku” Romero posted some of the most interesting tweets we’ve seen from MLS players in recent years. Here are his top 10 tweets.
“Kaku is passionate. We’re all passionate but that’s his best quality, his passion,” New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said about his side’s star playmaker Alejandro “Kaku” Romero in a post-match press conference.
“No one wants to win more than him. I don’t think you can find playmakers around the world that put as much in as he does with and without the ball.”
Kaku’s passion has led him to post some of the most poetic, heartfelt and controversial tweets we’ve seen from MLSers in the previous years—well many MLS supporters claim that his controversial tweets were from his agent Gustavo Casasola.
Here are the Argentine-born’s top ten tweets during his MLS days thus far:
10. The Shield looks better next to the players
Con nosotros se ve más bonita ?✅@NewYorkRedBulls pic.twitter.com/eAzG6Wvitc
— kaku (@kakuromero17) November 2, 2018
English translation: “With us, it looks prettier.”
The former Club Atletico Huracan player said the 2018 Supporters’ Shield looks much better with the players next to it and posted a picture of the Shield alongside himself and his teammates Marc Rzatkowski, Cristian Casseres Jr. and Michael Amir Murillo.
It was Kaku’s first and only silverware with the club. He was a major contributor to New York’s road to the Shield, leading the team in assists.
9. If it doesn’t get better it just didn’t end yet
Al final todo saldrá bien, y si no sale bien, es que aún no es el final ??
Vamos @Albirroja #todosjuntossiempre ???? pic.twitter.com/1QiRqTtDUB
— kaku (@kakuromero17) March 27, 2019
English translation: “In the end, everything will be fine, and if it does not get fine, it’s not the end yet. Let’s go @Albirroja [Paraguay national team Twitter] #everybodyisalwaystogether.”
Kaku’s national team Paraguay lost both of their matches during the last international break, falling to Peru 1-0 on March 22 and to Mexico, 4-2, four days later.
The 24-year-old expressed that things will get better via Twitter and if not it just means that it’s not the end yet.
RBNY is going through a rough period. The team were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League in March and lost their last two MLS games. Kaku’s never-give-up mentality is much needed in New York now.
8. A bit of a bromance with Tyler Adams
I knew that if I looked to the side, you were covering me ?? Congratulations @tyler_adams14 We wish you the best ?? pic.twitter.com/S8RuxZCfrb
— kaku (@kakuromero17) December 2, 2018
Tyler Adams left the Red Bulls to join Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig in January 2018. Kaku congratulated the youngster on his move and expressed how reliable of a teammate he was.
Adams is a hard runner and covers the gaps Kaku left behind him when he stepped into his opponents’ defensive third.
7. Big dreams, big capabilities
Si tus sueños son grandes, es porque tu capacidad de lograrlo también lo es ???????????? pic.twitter.com/pAG3Yh175y
— kaku (@kakuromero17) November 15, 2018
English translation: “If your dreams are big, it’s because your ability to achieve them are also.”
Five months after making his international debut with Paraguay, Kaku posted a picture of himself in the country’s jersey, tweeting that your dreams are as big as your capabilities to realize them.
The midfielder appeared in three games with Paraguay, including their last outing versus Mexico. However, he has yet to score for La Albirroja.
6. A strong desire to prove people wrong
Don’t listen to haters, prove them wrong ??
— kaku (@kakuromero17) March 31, 2019
As passionate as Kaku is, he wasn’t very energetic in the Metros’ last game versus the Chicago Fire on Saturday when they lost 1-0. The Paraguayan international was heavily criticized for his lack of desire on the pitch.
The next morning after the match, Kaku tweeted he will disprove the criticism against him.
Red Bull supporters are itching to watch him play on Saturday against Minnesota United now:
Ok, please! I can't wait!
— viper (@viperRBNY) March 31, 2019
— kaku (@kakuromero17) March 17, 2019
Kaku had an internal issue with Armas before the team’s match against San Jose Earthquakes on March 16. The 46-year-old coach didn’t put Kaku on the gameday roster due to the quarrel
During the match, the playmaker tweeted the famous Hispanic quote: “A veces lo mejor es guardar silencio sonreír y seguir adelante,” which translates to “Sometimes it’s best to keep quiet, smile and move on.”
However, the 24-year-old did cheer for his teammates, in his previous tweet. He wrote, “Today we support the team ?Vamos @NewYorkRedBulls.”
4. His tweet after the rough Champions League exit
Triste cuando te das cuenta, que no eres tan importante como lo creías
— kaku (@kakuromero17) March 13, 2019
English translation: “Sad when you realize, you’re not as important as you thought.”
After RBNY’s heartbreaking 4-2 loss to Club Santos Laguna on March 12 in the Champions League, Kaku tweeted that he’s not as important as he thought he was. Armas subbed him out the match in the 82nd minute, perhaps he was referring to that.
His tweet was possibly one of the reasons for the internal conflict that kept him out of the team’s roster in the following match against San Jose.
3. A comforter came at the right time
Te conocí cuando menos lo esperaba, pero llegaste a mi cuando mas te necesitaba ♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/oFdoIwj89y
— kaku (@kakuromero17) August 10, 2018
English translation: “I met you when I least expected it, but you came to me when I needed you most.”
On Aug. 9, 2018, Kaku tweeted that something came to him at a moment when he needed it the most. The moment he’s probably referring to is the passing of his mother, Gladys Gamarra, on Sept. 13, 2017.
Since the playmaker posted a picture of him looking at New York City he could be saying that his move to the Red Bulls helped him recuperate from losing his mother. Or he could be talking about his son, Milo, who’s next to him in the picture.
2. The last key might open the door
No te rindas, a veces la última llave es la que abre la puerta ??
— kaku (@kakuromero17) January 23, 2019
English translation: “Don’t give up, sometimes the last key is the one that opens the door ??.”
Kaku wanted to transfer to Mexican powerhouse Club America before the start of the season in January but wasn’t able to because RBNY overpriced with a fee of $12 million instead of $6.5 to $7 million.
The midfielder tweeted that he won’t give up and at times you have to wait until you get to the last key to open the door.
This strongly suggests that Kaku might not remain at the Red Bull Arena for too long.
1. It’s tough living without her
Me diste la vida y me enseñaste de todo, menos a vivir sin vos ? pic.twitter.com/ZD8oIb1cI2
— kaku (@kakuromero17) September 13, 2018
English translation: “You gave me life and taught me everything, except to live without you ? .”
A year after his mother, Gladys Gamarra, passed away, Kaku tweeted that she taught him everything but how to live without her.
“To go from having her at all of my practices and games, and to not see her at the next game, it was a moment of sadness for me,” the Ciudadela native told NY Post reporter Brian Lewis.
“It was really tough for me to get back to playing… I couldn’t perform. Nothing was working for me because I kept thinking about it.”
The next goal Kaku netted after Gamarra’s death while playing for Huracan he dedicated it to her and he has a tattoo of her face on his chest.