January 23, 2013
NO WILMAN'S LAND
Red Bulls, Conde go their separate ways
Scratch another player from the last year's Red Bulls team.
|Wilman Conde scored an important equalizing goal in a 2-2 tie at D.C. United on Aug. 29.
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The Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that they gad come to a deal with defender Wilman Conde to mutually agree to terminate his contract.
Conde struggled through injuries, mostly a groin injury, in his only Major League Soccer season with the Red Bulls.
He rarely lived up to his reputation as a top-notch central defender as injuries and person problems, a run in with the police, hindered his playing time with the team. He eventually was moved to left back after Markus Holgersson and Heath Pearce secured the central roles on the backline.
In May, Conde was arrested for "aggravated assault" following a noise complaint in a Fort Lee, N.J. apartment building, which led to the Red Bulls player then pushing a police officer.
Later in the season, Conde was suspended by the club after a locker room bust up with Thierry Henry.
Conde made 17 appearances and notching one goal and one assist. He was acquired from the Chicago Fire on Jan. 30, 2012 in exchange for allocation money.
A Colombian, Conde earned a base salary of $125,000 last year and a guaranteed salary of $141,666.67, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.
Conde celebrated his 30th birthday with his only goal as a Red Bull. A left-footed player, Conde took the winning goal with his right foot.
"Normally it's an American football kick over the bar," Red Bulls coach Hans Backe told MSG. "It was a phenomenal strike, of course."
Added rookie right back Connor Lade: "What a goal. In the dying moments of the game it was huge. We owe him for that."
Conde was more nonchalant about it. "It was simply at the right place at the right time," he told MSG. "I was fortunate to have an opportunity to score the goal."