Sources: New York Red Bulls cut ties with Fabian Espindola

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Multiple sources tell EOS that the New York Red Bulls declined their 2014 option with Argentine forward Fabian Espindola.

According to a league source, Espindola’s salary for next season would mean “at least a $450k hit” against the cap. The exorbitant number is surprising considering the Argentine’s pay for 2012 came in at $150k. Coming off of an offseason riddled with financial problems, the Red Bulls rejected the idea of taking on that large of an investment for their erratic striker.

Despite an impressive stat sheet, Espindola, 28, struggled to find consistency in the Red Bulls’ lineup. He started 23 matches for the team, scoring nine goals while accumulating two assists on the season. That production is good enough for third on the team, only behind Tim Cahill (11) and Thierry Henry (10). The tally also included two game winners.

Nevertheless, the slashing forward proved to be far too unpredictable for the Red Bulls to count on. After scoring a brace in the season opener against Portland, Espindola would go five matches until notching his third. His fourth goal came two months (or eight appearances) later.

Those early struggles opened the doors for New York to entertain, and eventually add, forward Bradley Wright-Phillips from Charlton Athletic.

Espindola finished the season stronger, scoring two goals in his final five appearances, but injuries, inconsistency and a shake-up to the roster pushed him out of the team’s plans.

While technically cut from the team, league sources tell us that New York may still be interested in negotiating new terms with the Argentine forward, but are not prepared to meet the substantial number delineated in his current deal.

Whether Espindola entertains those talks is unknown.


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  • Zachary Kaiser

    Philadelphia lets pick him up!

    • Zack Kaiser Sux

      Dude get a life do you know anything about futbol? i don’t think so man you are so weak on the analysis i’m like who is this guy like what? do you even know that espindola is known as sausage feet in his home country? his head balls are so weak sauce!

      • Pablo Juan Sinchez

        Si hombre I have to agree with ZKS up here; Zachary Kaiser is just way off base it’s pretty loco, like Philly let’s NOT pick him up am I right?

  • Anonymous

    no biggie lets get Agudelo

  • Richard arroyo

    The red bulls should keep f. Spinal the forward – he can defenitely hp the team- he can dribble-fast- he brings excitement to the game- never quits -he needs to pass the ball more or get the ball more, overall he is good

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