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November 25, 2013
Red Bulls won't pick up options for Barklage, Carney

David Carney was released by the Red Bulls after a disappointing stint.
David Carney was released by the Red Bulls after a disappointing stint.
Photo courtesy of Red Bulls
The Red Bulls will be looking to bulk up their backline for 2014 as they announced Monday that defenders Brandon Barklage and David Carney won't return for next season.

New York said that the Major League Soccer club will not pick up the team contract options for both players.

Carney is eligible for Monday’s MLS waiver draft while Barklage is eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Process that will be held in December.

“First, we want to thank Brandon and David for their service to our club. Both were top professionals and contributed to our success this season in helping us win our first Supporters’ Shield,” Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. “However, with this success comes the unfortunate challenge of making difficult decisions due to salary cap and personnel considerations. We wish both of them the best of luck.”

Barklage signed with New York on March 5, 2012. Playing most of his two seasons at fullback, he appeared in 45 games (36 starts) and accrued two goals and 10 assists. Barklage also played for D.C. United for three seasons.

Carney was signed by the team on Aug. 8. The Australian international started in seven games and New York’s two playoff matches. He was most recently with Uzbekistan’s FC Bunyodkor.

Carney made an error during the Red Bulls' 2-2 first-leg draw with the Houston Dynamo in the Eastern Conference semifinal series. With the Red Bulls leading, 2-0 in the opening half in Houston, a poor clearance out of the back by Carney went straight to former MetroStars midfielder Rico Clark, who sliced the visitors' lead in half. Carney also made several other mistakes down the stretch.
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