March 15, 2011
Red Bulls release Chirgadze
By Michael Lewis
|Giorgio Chirgadze (center), pictured with Red Bulls director of youth development (left) and the team's No. 1 scout, Jeff Agoos.
Ernesto Motta/New York Red Bulls
HARRISON, N.J. -- Giorgio Chirgadze, the Red Bulls's first home-grown player, has been released by the MLS club, coach Hans Backe said on Tuesday.
Backe would not go into details about Chirgadze's release.
The coach said "there is [a reason] but I can't go into it. not at the moment."
Asked if the 20-year-old Chirgadze was good enough to make the team, Backe replied, "Yeah, definitely."
Asked if it was personal reasons, Backe responded, "Yeah, we could say it's personal."
Speaking at the team's media day at Red Bull Arena, Backe said Chirgadze was released last week.
There had been speculation about Chirgadze's status with the Red Bulls since last week. He has been listed on the team's roster on the Red Bulls website, but was not included in the club's media guide.
The Bay Ridge, Brooklyn native signed with the Red Bulls on Sept. 11, 2009.
The 601, 180-pound Chirgadze never saw any action with the first team. He was sidelined with
hip surgery for most of last season.