The New York Red Bulls have sent center back Karl Ouimette on loan to the Jacksonville Armada of the North American Soccer League for the rest of the season.
Ouimette, a Canadian international, appeared in seven matches this season and started six.
Empire of Soccer reports that Jacksonville will pay Ouimette's salary for the rest of the season.
Brendan Joseph, SNY.tv:The writing has been on wall with Ouimette for a while. He hasn't made a first team appearance since April, and the Red Bulls were playing fullbacks out of position at center back instead of him.
Although Ouimette filled in during the early season back line injury crisis, the coaching staff never seemed fully convinced of his abilities. They signed a veteran center back, Aurelien Collin, and were experimenting with position switches at the reserve level.
This move doesn't necessarily mean that Ouimette's Red Bulls career is over. He's still young for a center back at 24-years old, and a loan to the NASL could provide him with valuable match experience at a level higher than the USL reserve squad. If the team wanted to get rid of Ouimette, they could have released or traded him.
For now, Ouimette's loan opens up a roster spot, an international slot, and cap space. It appears the Red Bulls plan on making an acquisition during the summer transfer window, but it's unknown what the club considers to be a position in need of depth or improvement.