New York Red Bulls make their roster announcements following the end of their 2018 season with the most notable mention being that the team is negotiation with out-of-contract defender Tim Parker. Parker’s contract expired at the end of the season following his move from the Vancouver Whitecaps at the beginning of the year.
Tim Parker Negotiations Ongoing as Red Bulls Make Roster Announcements
Parker will be joined by his center back partner Aaron Long who had his option picked up and is expected to get a pay increase in the 2019 season. Long won MLS defender of the year and has been a huge part of the team’s success over the past two seasons, replacing highly touted defensive player Matt Miazga.
Several other familiar faces will be returning to the team including Ryan Meara, Alex Muyl, Derrick Etienne Jr and Florian Valot. In a surprise move, Anatole Abang will also be back next season despite seeing limited time on the field for the first team or the USL side New York Red Bulls II. Injured wing back Kyle Duncan is expected to return as is Michael Amir Murillo.
The most notable departure is Aurelien Collin. The French defender joined the Red Bulls midway through the 2016 season and became an important part of the defense, bridging the gap between Miazga and Long. His time on the field became limited due to injury and the acquisition of new players such as Parker. He leaves having played 41 MLS games for the club with little known about his future in the league.
Many names still remain under contract including captain Luis Robles, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Alejandro Romero Gammara and Daniel Royer just to name a few.
2019 New York Red Bulls Roster:
Goalkeepers: Evan Louro, Luis Robles, Ryan Meara
Defenders: Kyle Duncan, Connor Lade, Aaron Long, Kemar Lawrence, Michael Amir Murillo, Hassan Ndam
Midfielders: Vincent Bezecourt, Cristian Casseres Jr, Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr, Andreas Ivan, Alejandro Romero Gamarra, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Ben Mines, Alex Muyl, Florian Valot, Daniel Royer
Forwards: Bradley Wright-Phillips, Brian White, Anatole Abang
Players Without Contracts:
Tim Parker – DEF
Tommy Redding – DEF
Player Contract Options Not Renewed:
Aurelien Collin – DEF
Carlos Rivas – FWD
Ethan Kutler – DEF
Kevin Politz – MID
Player Loans Ended:
Marc Rzatkowski – MID
Fidel Escobar – DEF