During a competitive battle for a roster spot this offseason, the New York Red Bulls had two standouts amongst the trialists; Brazilian born midfielder Rafhael “Rafhina” Domingues and last year’s early season hero, defender Tyler Ruthven.
Both players took to social media to announce they had been signed. Rafhina went so far as to announce his new number, 92, on ask.fm while retweeting a story on the New York Post about his signing.
Ruthven took a more reserved approach. He began his week simply stating, “NIN returns, season starts this weekend. Happy days ahead” via his Twitter account.
But last night, he revealed much more. The 24 year old defender, who had agreed to a contract this season, now finds himself a man without club.
“Cruel game we play,” he tweeted. “Don’t really know how to say this- after agreeing to terms, passing medical etc. my contract was torn up today. Turns out I won’t be with RBNY this year. It’s unfortunate and I am devastated. I wish every single one of my teammates the best, employees as well. Lastly I thank the fans, the support was outstanding. Thank you.”
Though hurt by the situation and taking it to a public forum, Ruthven maintained a professional stance to end his statement. “I have a lot of close friends in the club- and I won’t be negative about the club on my way out. Genuinely wish everybody the best!”
Ruthven was a major part of the Red Bulls franchise tying five game winning streak last May. He filled in for an injured Rafa Marquez and Wilman Conde throughout that time and garnered praise for his poise during that emergency situation.
The Red Bulls currently have 24 players signed for the coming season. Each club is allotted 30 slots to fill. Rafhina’s status remains up in the air while striker Peguy Luyindula continues to be looked at by the club.