Gone: Sekagya, Eckersley top list of seven Red Bull cuts

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

The New York Red Bulls offseason makeover has officially begun.

Following the announcement of captain Thierry Henry’s departure, the team has announced an additional seven players whose contract options have been declined.

Ibrahim Sekagya leads the list which includes fullback Richard Eckersley, defender Kosuke Kimura, Cameroonian midfielder Marius Obekop, defender Damien Perrinelle and midfielder Bobby Convey.

“On behalf of the New York Red Bulls, I would like to thank each of these players for their contributions to the club both on and off the field this season,” said Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh in a club statement. “We wish them all the best for their future.”

Of the six players, three (Obekop, Perrinelle and Sekagya) are still in discussions for the 2015 season.  Per the club’s release, all other players not mentioned are expected to return for the coming season.

After an up-and-down start to the year, Sekagya proved an invaluable part to a defensive resurrection that would catapult New York towards the Eastern Conference Finals.  The Ugandan defender appeared in 30 regular season and playoff matches, earning 28 starts.  The 33-year-old veteran received an honorary call-up from his country thanks to his inspired play on the club level.

Eckersley followed much the same path.  Usurped by rookie Chris Duvall on the right fullback slot, the English defender reclaimed his spot and stabilized the Red Bull back line en route to a late-season surge.  On the books for a whopping $373k, New York got away with paying a fraction of his salary (around $100k) this season as part of a deal with Toronto FC.

Kimura, a mainstay of the Supporters’ Shield winning 2013 side, found himself the odd man out after restructuring his deal last winter.  Perrinelle, a midseason pickup, failed to challenge for the Red Bulls’ center back position, while Marius Obekop struggled at any minutes entirely.

Then there is Bobby Convey, who underwent surgery to correct a deviated septum, missing most of the Red Bulls’ season.

    • Upper 90

      Agreed. Can’t believe he’s not being extended. Superb and aggressive play from Richard all season; was a big reason we made it to the finals. Bad trade.

  • chepe pedos

    eckersley is a great defender…