The New York Red Bulls held a mini-clearing out session today, waiving three players and letting another's contract expire.Some names you won't see on the New York Red Bulls roster next year include Danny Cepero, Carlos Johnson, Walter Garcia, and Matthew Mbutu. The club waived goalkeeper Cepero and defendres JOhnson and Garcia. Attacker Mbutu's option wasn't picked up.
The most surprising of the departures is Cepero. A local New Yorker, the 24-year-old played 13 games for the Red Bulls last year, keeping a 1.74 goals against average. In 2008, Cepero stepped into the starting role when Jon Conway was suspended and manned the net as New York made a fairytale run to the MLS Cup final.
Cepero also holds the distinction as the first goalkeeper to score in MLS from open play.
Garcia only had one appearance for the club, so his departure won't raise eyebrows. Johnson, in 13 appearances with the club, picked up one assist and three red cards. Not exactly a clean record.
Mbutu had two goals in 12 appearances for New York after joining from Crystal Palace Baltimore on Sept. 15, 2008.
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