Shaun Wright-Phillips highlights list of nine released Red Bulls; three renegotiating

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

Despite the announcement of nine released players, the New York Red Bulls will look very familiar come next season.

Shaun Wright-Phillips, Dane Richards, Damien Perrinelle and Roy Miller highlight the Red Bulls’ list of released players, joining Leo Stolz, Anthony Wallace, Kyle Reynish, Marius Obekop and Manolo Sanchez on the unemployment line.

That doesn’t necessarily mean some of these players won’t return. In fact, team Sporting Director Ali Curtis alluded to that fact in the team’s press release, singling out Reynish, Perrinelle and Shaun Wright-Phillips as possible returnees.

“We want to thank each player for their service to the club and wish them nothing but the best moving forward,” said New York Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. “Despite options not being exercised for Shaun, Kyle and Damien, the club is in discussions with each player and is looking to bring those players back in 2016.”

EoS has learned Roy Miller is still on contract with MLS, meaning he will be a likely candidate for the waiver draft.

With these roster moves, New York’s Supporters’ Shield winning starting XI is all but intact. Sources tell us Perrinelle will return to the club as well, meaning the 12 players who took the bulk of starting minutes this year will return for next.

The following 21 Red Bulls are under contract for the 2016 season:

Goalkeepers (3): Santiago Castano, Ryan Meara, Luis Robles

Defenders (8): Chris Duvall, Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Shawn McLaws, Matt Miazga, Karl Ouimette, Sal Zizzo, Ronald Zubar

Midfielders (7): Tyler Adams, Sean Davis, Felipe, Sacha Kljestan, Dax McCarty, Lloyd Sam, Gonzalo Veron

Forwards (3): Anatole Abang, Mike Grella, Bradley Wright-Phillips

  • Mad Cow

    Leo Stolz. Numero Uno pick. So much for him. Looks like NYCFC did better in one category.

    • Andrew Bissonette

      They had the #2 pick. They should have done better. Even then, Shelton only played 824 minutes over 17 games(7 starts) and had just 1 goal and 1 assist. Those are pretty shitty numbers too.

      • DanGerman

        In Shelton’s defense he picked up an injury that didn’t let him play much. He looked good when he did but most MLS rookies aren’t asked to contribute much in their first season, that being said I’m surprised the Red Bulls let Stolz go.

        • slowleftarm

          we are totally lost with no hope.

    • George

      yeah, what’s up with that/ I thought drafting him was supposed to be some sort of coup? And, as I understand it, he had a good year at RBII. weird

  • I can’t believe the quality of the guys under contract. Is this really the future?