The former Brazil international's stint in MLS came to an abrupt end, with the 38-year-old set to return to his home country.The New York Red Bulls announced they have agreed to cancel the contract of midfielder Juninho. The Brazilian leaves the club just seven months after he arrived.
“We are very disappointed that Juninho has decided to return to Brazil because he is a great professional and a very talented footballer,” said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh. “We wish him all of the best and thank him for his valuable contributions during the first half of the 2013 MLS campaign.”
The 38-year-old former Brazil international signed with the club in December 2012 from Vasco de Gama in Brazil. He is best known for his stint with French side Olympique Lyonnais from 2001 to 2009, during which the club won seven straight Ligue 1 titles.
“Before I leave for home, I want to thank the New York Red Bulls for the opportunity to experience MLS and to wish my teammates and the club’s excellent fans every success for the remainder of the season,” Juninho said.
With the Red Bulls, Juninho appeared in 13 league games, 10 of which were starts, and notched four assists.