Red Bulls Make Roster Moves With Eye Toward 2019

Tim Parker, Red Bulls, USMNT
Tim Parker of the New York Red Bulls. Photo: Ben Solomon via

The New York Red Bulls have exercised options on 11 players and declined the options on six others as the Supporter’s Shield winners begin preparing for 2019.

Players who had their options exercised were goalkeepers Evan Louro and Ryan Meara; defenders Kyle Duncan, Aaron Long and Michael Amir Murillo; midfielders Vincent Bezecourt, Derrick Etienne Jr., Alex Muyl, and Florian Valot; and forwards Anatole Abang and Brian White.

The Red Bulls declined contract options on defenders Aurelien Collin, Ethan Kutler and Kevin Politz, and forward Carlos Rivas. The team also declined end-of-loan options on Fidel Escobar and Marc Rzatkowski.

Defenders Tim Parker and Tommy Redding are both out of contract at the end of 2018. The club is in discussions to bring Tim Parker back in 2019.

Twelve other players are already under contract for 2019: goalkeeper Luis Robles; defenders Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Hassan Ndam; midfielders Cristian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis, Andreas Ivan, Kaku, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Ben Mines, and Danny Royer; and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips.

New York Red Bulls 2019 Roster (as of December 4, 2019)
Goalkeepers (3): Evan Louro*, Ryan Meara*, Luis Robles
Defenders (6): Kyle Duncan*, Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long*, Michael Amir Murillo*, Hassan Ndam
Midfielders (11): Vincent Bezecourt*, Cristian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr.*, Andreas Ivan, Kaku, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Ben Mines, Alex Muyl*, Florian Valot*, Danny Royer
Forwards (3): Anatole Abang*, Brian White*, Bradley Wright-Phillips
*- option picked up for 2019