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Former Red Bulls draft pick Eric Brunner is close to finalizing a deal with United Soccer League squad Miami FC, multiple sources with knowledge of the negotiations told SBI on Thursday.
The No. 16 overall selection in the 2008 MLS Draft, Brunner was waived by the Red Bulls in order to make room for defender Andrew Boyens on their senior roster. Brunner rejected an offer of a developmental contract from the Red Bulls.
Brunner is in France with the U.S. Under-23 national team for the Toulon International Tournament. He is expected to travel to Miami after the tournament to finalize a contract with Miami FC.
Miami FC is off to a 1-4-1 start, having allowed a league-high nine goals so far this season.
The Red Bulls still hold Brunner’s MLS rights but Brunner is free to sign with any team outside of MLS. The 6-foot-3 center back from Ohio State struggled with some injuries in pre-season and never really challenged for playing time.
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