November 15, 2012
Red Bulls jettison Tainio, Solli, Gaudette, Angulo, opening up $453K under the salary cap
By Michael Lewis
|Teemu Tainio is one of four players who won't return to the Red Bulls next season.
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New Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh did not take long to start cleaning house as the Major League Soccer team has decided not to pick up the options of four players, which will open up a little more than $450,000 under the salary cap.
They included midfielder Teemu Tainio and defender-midfielder Jan Gunnar Solli and goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and forward Jose Angulo, according to reliable sources.
The Newark Star-Ledger broke the story late Thursday afternoon. The newspaper cited a source with knowledge of the transactions.
The Red Bulls will open up $453,255.00 under the salary cap by not picking up the options of those four players. Tainio will earn $205,000 in guaranteed salary this year, followed by Soll ($185,000) and Gaudette ($63,255). Angulo will earn $33,750, but his salary isn't counted against the cap.
The decisions on Tainio and Solli were not surprising because they were from Scandinavia. Coach Hans Backe (Sweden) and Erik Soler (Norway), who recently were removed from their jobs, hail from that part of Europe.
Other players could face the axe in the coming days and weeks.
Tainio, a central midfielder, struggled with injuries this past season as he was limited to 14 games and nine starts (11 if you included the playoffs). In those starts, the Red Bulls recorded a 1-5-5 mark. The 32-year-old Tainio did not score, but finished with an assist. In 42 regular-season appearances during his two-year tenure, the Finnish player recorded three assists and never found the back of the net.
Solli started at right back in 2011 before moving into the midfield this past season. At right back, the 31-year-old Solli gave the Red Bulls an overlapping option on that side (seven assists in 2011), but sometimes was a liability while defending because he was a natural midfielder. He played at left midfield for most of this past season, collecting three goals and ffive assists in 21 starts over 24 matches and 1,865 minutes.
"I would like to thank all the fans of New York Red Bulls for the support you guys have given me the last 2 years!" Solli said on twitter.
A St. John's graduate, Gaudette was obtained on July 13 for a second round supplemental draft pick from the LA Galaxy after rookie goalkeeper Ryan Meara suffered a season-ending hip injury. Gaudette, a member of the Puerto Rican National Team, played 12 games for New York, recording a 1.33 goals-against average, three shutouts and a 5-3-4 mark. Gaudette himself went down with a late-season injury and was replaced in the starting lineup by Luis Robles.
Angulo, a Newark, N.J. native, did not play with the Red Bulls. He missed time this past season with a knee sprain, playing in two Reserve League games and in an international friendly against Tottenham on July 31 as he made his first team debut.