The New York Red Bulls announced several roster moves heading into the 2017 season.
Sean Davis, Chris Duvall, and Justin Bilyeu had their contract options picked up. MLS leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips also had his contract option exercised.
Defenders Karl Ouimette and Ronald Zubar did not have their options picked up. According to Sporting Director Ali Curtis, the team is in negotiations to bring back Zubar next season.
Brenden Joseph, SNY.tv
The New York Red Bulls extended three players who should see an increase in playing time next season. Sean Davis is entering his third year with the club and should become a key part of the midfield rotation next season. He performed well in cup matches, while also stepping in for an injured Dax McCarty during an important stretch in August. Chris Duvall and Justin Bilyeu add depth at the fullback position and should challenge for spots in the starting lineup.
While the Red Bulls would have undoubtedly signed Bradley Wright-Phillips to an extension, it was reported in October that he trigged an automatic renewal of his contract. The English striker won his second Golden Boot award with 24 goals, while also setting the club's scoring record.
Karl Ouimette never managed to catch on with the Red Bulls. At one point, the club resorted to playing fullbacks out of position at center back to avoid using the Canadian international in the starting lineup. Ouimette will likely catch on with another club, as he has been playing consistently with his national team.
It would be an interesting decision to bring Ronald Zubar back at any salary. The French center back has dealt with frequent injuries over the past two seasons, and has only made 33 league appearances for the club. Zubar played 21 minutes in the Red Bulls' last eight matches this season. While he was serviceable when healthy, it might be time to move on.
Center back Aurelien Collin was not mentioned in the press release. After joining the club in May, he essentially fixed the back line's issues with veteran leadership and physical play. In a recent interview, he claimed that he was not sure if he would be back with the Red Bulls in 2017.