The New York Red Bulls have revealed their unprotected list ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft. The Montreal Impact will have some big names to mull over, including the Union’s Freddy Adu, Sporting KC’s Omar Bravo, the Crew’s Andres Mendoza, the Dynamo’s Brian Ching and Toronto’s Julian de Guzman, amongst others.
Their New York options, for the most part, are rather uninspiring. The Red Bulls have left a total of 15 players unprotected for tomorrow’s selection, including:
Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul, Alex Horwath, Frank Rost, Greg Sutton
Defenders: Chris Albright, Mike Jones, Tyler Lassiter, Carlos Mendes, Teddy Schneider
Midfielders: Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Brian Nielsen, Marcos Paullo, Carl Robinson, John Rooney
Greg Sutton spent some time with the Impact this season, and began his career with the team, but would he be the lone player out of this group chosen? It seems rather unlikely. Even with a high price tag on his name, Bouna Coundoul would do more to keep the first year side competitive than their prodigal son would.
Perhaps a solid veteran like Carlos Mendes would be a more palpable option. As of now, the Portuguese American is the longest tenured Red Bull on the roster and a solid fill in when given the opportunity. Maybe the French speaking Stephane Auvray of Guadeloupe would be a more fitting option? Or of course there is a the outside chance that no one will entice Montreal at all.
Some surprises amongst the sacrificial lambs? How about leaving locker room (and Hans Backe) favorite Mehdi Ballouchy unprotected? Or the availability of Brian Nielsen, whom, up until recently was being discussed in plans to return for the 2012 season? Though highly unlikely to be taken, Carl Robinson, who is seen as a possible coaching option for New York in their long term plans, has also been left open for the picking. Can a Canadian return be in the books for the TFC favorite?
Goalkeepers aside, New York has taken a straight forward approach in their unprotected selections, choosing to leave their potpourri of bench options free to run. Will the Impact take a flier on a Red Bull? We will all find out Wednesday.