Red Bulls announce roster moves; Collin, SWP contracts expire

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Change continues to be the theme this offseason with the New York Red Bulls.

The team announced on Monday that they have let the contracts of Aurelien Collin, Damien Perrinelle, Kyle Reynish and Shaun Wright-Phillips expire. The move means that the team can choose to negotiate new contracts should they want the players to stay.

The biggest name on that list is Aurelien Collin who made 23 appearances for New York in 2016 after joining from Orlando City in mid-season. The 30-year old defender was a major player in securing the Red Bull back line after injuries to Gideon Baah and Damien Perrinelle. Collin was also one of the team’s larger contracts, even as Orlando City picked up a good portion of his deal. Whether Collin will return to the team remains to be seen but a new deal will have to be in place to keep the former MLS All Star for 2017.

Also on the list was defender Damien Perrinelle who battled injuries in 2016 and made only 10 appearances all year. The 33-year old was a major part of the team’s success in 2015  but couldn’t find his groove this past season, losing his spot to Ronald Zubar.

Shaun Wright-Phillips’ time with New York may also be coming to an end after two seasons and only 19 appearances. Shaun, the older brother of Bradley Wright-Phillips, was a constant figure on the bench for New York but rarely had an impact on the field. The inclusion of players like Daniel Royer  at mid-year seemed to spell the end of his run with the team.

Kyle Reynish and Ryan Meara also had their contracts expire but New York made the decision to re-sign Meara. The Fordham product is penciled in to be the back-up to Luis Robles next season, meaning his days with Red Bull II in the USL are all but over.

It is also worth noting that tomorrow is the MLS expansion draft where Minnesota United and Atlanta United will fill out their roster with unrestricted players from each of the 20 teams. There is a possibility that many of the names listed hear could end up on one of the new sides come 2017.