As reported last week, the Red Bulls are set to announce their decision to decline the contract options of Jan Gunnar Solli, Teemu Tainio, Bill Gaudette and Jose Angulo. That move will be made official within the next few days.
However, that foursome will not be the only names on that release.
According to a pair of sources familiar with the situation, the club is set to release defenders Stephen Keel, Tyler Ruthven and third string goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo as well.
Stephen Keel, who will be 30 April of next year, played a valuable role for the Red Bulls in 2011 as a decimated backline desperately sought a stop gap to buoy their playoff hopes. His work in the pinch earned him another season in New York, but offseason acquisitions on the defensive end limited him to all of nine appearances and five starts.
Tyler Ruthven, 24, made five appearances with the club, including four starts. The young American defender impressed as he helped rookie keeper Ryan Meara earn his first two shutouts of the season during an emergency starting stint that saw the team five consecutive wins to tie a club record. The accomplishment is made all the more impressive when one considers Thierry Henry was amongst the injured during that run.
As for Jeremy Vuolo, 25, the young keeper never found minutes in a crowded and tumultuous situation between the sticks this year. Considered the early favorite for the starting spot during the 2012 preseason, Vuolo was quickly swallowed by an upstart Meara who took full command of the starting position.
The move will clear an additional $142,750 on top of an already reported $482,000 in salary cuts from the Solli, Tainio, Gaudette and Angulo decision. New York management have told many of the younger players here-in that they will have an opportunity, if they so decide to take it, to try and reclaim their jobs during the winter try-outs once a new manager is appointed to the club. However, the club is encouraging the players to explore their options as other players will likely get a look for the new regime first.