RBNY Notebook: Gulbrandsen Waived; International Callups

Matt Kremkau

By ANTHONY J. MERCED

Red Bulls logoThe New York Red Bulls waived Fredrik Gulbrandsen in what appears to be a mutual decision.

The striker from Norway spent a mere two months with New York, playing in only four games, with no goals and one assist. The move also means the team may be looking to the transfer market or to its United Soccer League team for reinforcements.

Over all New York’s offense has sputtered in 2017 — only 15 goals in Major League Soccer play, second-worst in the Eastern Conference. The plan at the start of the season was to use two strikers. Gulbrandsen, 24, was brought in on loan from Red Bull Salzburg to be the second striker but couldn’t find his form next to Bradley Wright-Phillips. He was unable to make a strong impression in is best chance to show his skills was as the loan striker in a game at Sporting KC.

According to Gulbranden’s Twitter page he will be returning to Salzburg, which has again qualified for the UEFA Champions League playoff as champions of Austria’s Bundesliga.

Lawrence and Murillo Leaving for Gold Cup

Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica) and Michael Amir Murillo (Panama) have been called to their national teams as part of preliminary rosters for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Lawrence, 24, has played for the Jamaica since 2013, making 34 appearances and scoring 2 goals. This season, Lawrence has easily been one of the Red Bulls’ best players and could miss time if he makes the final roster, which is expected.

Murillo, 21, has made nine appearances for Panama and was selected for the Gold Cup roster for the first time in his career. Murillo, a right back, has solidified his starting position with New York with strong play over his past four games.

The Red Bulls could be without their starting left and right backs during next month’s tournament.

New York Red Bulls II Rebound on the Road

Coach John Wolyniec has New York Red Bulls II back on track with a 1-0 road win against the Richmond Kickers last weekend, the team’s second straight victory. Brandon Allen continues to dominate, scoring his seventh goal of the season. He is being ably supported by Douglas Martinez and Junior Flemmings.

New York (5-5-2, 17 points) was struggling only two weeks ago but is now in fourth place in the Eastern Conference ahead of Sunday’s game (4 p.m.) against Louisville City (5-1-4, 19) at MSU Soccer Park.