(Harrison, NJ) Today, the New York Red Bulls announced their end of year roster decisions. Veterans Luis Robles and Bradley Wight-Phillips were among the cuts.
Robles first came to the team in 2012, and grew to be the main goalkeeper through his tenure. Even breaking the MLS record for having 183 consecutive regular-season starts. Earning him the nickname of “The Iron Man”. The team made the following announcement of the end of his tenure
“The entire organization would like to thank Luis for his contributions to the club over the last eight seasons,” said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “During his tenure, Luis was an important part of the team and the organization, leading our efforts on and off the field. Luis’ play and work ethic speak for themselves when you look at the individual and team success during his time. These decisions are never easy and we wish Luis and his family the best in the next stage of his career.”
Wright-Philips first came to the team as a trialist in 2013. After being vouched for by Theirry Henry after his first year was over. Wright-Philips quickly became a force to be reckoned with; breaking a record himself for becoming the fastest player ever to reach 100 goals in the MLS. His 2019 campaign was plagued with his groin injury that seemed to not go away. Hamlet also commented on the departure.
“Brad will go down as one of the best forwards in MLS history, and certainly a major part of the success of this club since he arrived in 2013,” said Hamlett. “Brad had an incredible run with this club and will be remembered here as a great player, teammate, and person, and we thank him for all that he has accomplished and helped the club accomplish. This is another decision we do not take lightly and we wish Brad and his family all the best.”
Other Decisions Made
Among those whose options were declined for renewal are; Vincent Bezecourt, Marcus Epps, Derrick Etienne Jr., Jean-Christophe Koffi, and as reported earlier goalkeeper Evan Louro.
New York Red Bulls have exercised their options on; Ryan Meara, Rece Buckmaster, Kyle Duncan, Michael Amir Murillo, Sean Nealis, and Amro Tarek. As well as Cristian Casseres Jr., Florian Valot, Tom Barlow, and Brian White.
With 8 slots to fill, and signings notwithstanding. It looks to be like there will a lot of ground to cover and rebuilding during the off-season.
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