McCarty, Felipe contracts extended; Perrinelle re-signs

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by DAVE MARTINEZ

Continuity isn’t just a goal for the New York Red Bulls. It is a way of life.

The club announced on Friday morning that captain Dax McCarty and midfielder Felipe have signed contract extensions with the club. Furthermore, the Red Bulls have also announced the re-signing of stalwart team defender Damien Perrinelle to a new deal.

“We believe that consistency is one of the keys to success and keeping our core intact,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director¬†Ali Curtis. “Both Dax and Felipe were integral to what we accomplished last season, and we are pleased to keep them with the club going forward.”

Terms of the deals were not disclosed. However, news of McCarty’s extension broke earlier in the week, with reports claiming a four year extension.

McCarty is coming off of a banner year with the club. Awarded the captain’s armband following the departure of world football legend Thierry Henry, McCarty led the club from the middle, appearing and starting in 32 matches on the season and registering a career best eight assists on the year.

His midfield partner, Felipe, found new life under former Montreal Impact coach Jesse Marsch, combining with McCarty to become one of the toughest central midfield combinations in the league. A tireless two-way player, Felipe started 34 matches on the year, registering three goals and five assists.

Finally, Damien Perrinelle is back with the club after being released this past December. The 32-year-old French defender became an unlikely hero during the 2015 season. Working his way through preseason to become a starting centerback, Perrinelle appeared in 28 matches, starting 27 encounters, scoring two goals and adding an assist through 2,410 minutes of play.

Despite his standout season, Perrinelle suffered a major knee injury against DC United in the playoffs, ending his run in the postseason. His recovery timeline of 5-7 months puts him in line to return sometime near the start of the season.

“We are very excited to bring back Damien,” continued Curtis. “He was a very important part of our team this past season. Despite the injury Damien suffered in the playoffs, we are doing everything we can to support his recovery and we look forward to him returning to full fitness.”