Despite a bunch of Red Bulls players left unprotected during the expansion draft, the Montreal Impact decided against selecting any of them. Carlos Mendes or Tyler Lassiter would have been a good defensive pick, but Montreal Impact head coach Jesse Marsch (seen here kicking David Beckham, lol). Apparently Marsch and the Montreal back office didn’t think any Red Bulls’ bench players were worth taking north of the border.
The Red Bulls opted to protect the 12 players who usually made up the 2011 starting line-up: Stephen Keel, Tim Ream, Roy Miller, Jan Gunnar Solli, Joel Lindpere, Dax McCarty, Rafael Marquez, Teemu Tainio, Dane Richards, Luke Rodgers and Thierry Henry.
This left most of the Red Bulls exposed for the expansion draft;
Goalkeepers: Bouna Coundoul, Alex Horwath, Frank Rost, Greg Sutton
Defenders: Chris Albright, Mike Jones, Tyler Lassiter, Carlos Mendes,Teddy Schneider
Midfielders: Stephane Auvray, Mehdi Ballouchy, Brian Nielsen, Marcos Paullo, Carl Robinson, John Rooney
In actual news, the Red Bulls waived a bunch of players. Since of the NY fringe players were selected in the expansion draft, the team decided to waive a handful of ineffectual reserves: Tyler Lassiter, Alex Horwath, Mike Jones, Marcos Paullo, John Rooney and Teddy Schneider.
I say ineffectual because among the 6 players, they only managed 1 start (Horwath when goalkeepers Coundoul and Sutton were both unavailable) and 6 substitute appearances the whole season. Also, any effectual bench or reserve players were used as bait or make-weight in the team’s cannibalizing trade deals; Danleigh Borman, Tony Tchani, Austin Da Luz.
Along with these players, the Red Bulls sent several draft picks to Toronto FC and D.C. United, so New York can’t aim to simply replenish the youth tank during the draft. To further complicate next season’s roster nightmare, Schneider, Horwath, Lassiter and Jones were all under contracts barely above the league minimum. These cuts don’t do much to free up cap space for the top heavy Red Bulls.
Removing Paullo’s $82,000 salary and the joke that is John Rooney from New York, however are great moves for the club. Both of these players occupy international slots, in addition to collecting wages much higher than their worth to the team.
New York has rejected the idea of loaning Marquez to Mexican Primera side Atlas until the MLS season begins in March. This could be an attempt by the club to assert some shred of authority over the player who criticized the ability of his teammates while playing terrible football this past season.
The Red Bulls also face the prospect of a future without Tim Ream as English papers rumor no less than 6 clubs swirling around the 24 year old central defender with 7 national team caps. He is set to go on trial with West Bromwich Albion and then Bolton during the MLS offseason. Bolton has also reportedly offered to take Ream on loan in January. Yesterday on November 28 a report came out of the Mirror claiming that Roy Hodgson could offer a loan deal in January with an option to a permanent move.
Frank Rost has been attracting European attention after his mixed 11 game stint with the club. Despite recording 5 shut-outs, the former German international goalkeeper let in some real howlers. He also occupies an international and Designated Player slot in the New York roster.
New York is in desperate need of an attacking playmaker and a bench that is deeper than Carlos Mendes, Dax McCarty and Mehdi Ballouchy (because we all know that Hans Backe won’t play Juan Agudelo unless his life depended on it). The Red Bulls back office have a lot of work to do before the 2012 MLS season starts.