Robles, BWP Out As Red Bulls Make Changes

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Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles. Photo: New York Red Bulls

Two familiar faces will not be on the pitch in 2020 with the New York Red Bulls.

Goalkeeper Luis Robles and forward Bradley Wright-Phillips will not be returning for the Red Bulls next season, the club said as part of its post-season roster announcement. New York declined to pick up an option with Robles while Wright-Phillips is out of contract.

Robles, 35, played eight seasons for New York and in 2019 finished with a 13-14-6 record, with 88 saves and nine shutouts. For his career, he amassed a 114-71-53 mark with 72 clean sheets and a 1.29 GAA. Robles ranks sixth all-time in league history with 114 goalkeeper wins and eighth in shutouts with 72 and once held a streak of 183 consecutive complete games played.

“The entire organization would like to thank Luis for his contributions to the club over the last eight seasons,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “During his tenure, Luis was an important part of the team and the organization, leading our efforts on and off the field. These decisions are never easy and we wish Luis and his family the best in the next stage of his career.”

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Bradley Wright-Phillips. Photo: New York Red Bulls

Wright-Phillips, 34, completed his seventh season in New York with one goal and one assist in seven games played. He is the team’s most decorated forward with a franchise-best 108 regular-season goals, two Golden Boot Awards, two-time Best XI, two-time MLS All-Star and the first player in MLS history to record at least three different seasons with 20 or more goals. 

During his Red Bulls tenure, he accrued 240 matches, 205 starts, 18,471 minutes played, 126 goals and 35 assists across all competitions.

“Brad will go down as one of the best forwards in MLS history, and certainly a major part of the success of this club since he arrived in 2013,” said Hamlett. “He had an incredible run with this club and will be remembered here as a great player, teammate, and person, and we thank him for all that he has accomplished and helped the club accomplish. This is another decision we do not take lightly and we wish Brad and his family all the best.”

The club also declined options on midfielders Vincent Bezecourt, Marcus Epps, Derrick Etienne Jr. and Jean-Christophe Koffi, and goalkeeper Evan Louro. Midfielder Josh Sims has returned to Southampton of the Premier Leauge following the end of his loan.

The Red Bulls exercised options on the following 10 players for 2020:
Goalkeeper: Ryan Meara
Defenders: Rece Buckmaster, Kyle Duncan, Michael Amir Murillo, Sean Nealis, and Amro Tarek
Midfielders: Cristian Casseres Jr., Florian Valot
Forwards: Tom Barlow, Brian White

Eleven additional players are under contract for 2020. 
Defenders: Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Tim Parker
Midfielders: Sean Davis, Omir Fernandez, Kaku, Ben Mines, Alex Muyl, Danny Royer, Marc Rzatkowski
Forwards: Mathias Jørgensen