After seeing their season come to a close on Sunday night, the New York Red Bulls’ first order of offseason business was to make sure to lock up one of the team’s most important pieces.
Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis announced Monday that the club will be picking up the option on midfielder Dax McCarty, keeping him under contract heading into the 2015 season. McCarty, who was named the club’s captain entering 2015, made 32 appearances for the Supporters’ Shield winners this season.
While the club is set to keep its captain, the Red Bulls will reportedly decline options on long-time Red Bulls Roy Miller and Dane Richards, according to Empire of Soccer. Miller, who joined the club in 2010, saw playing time drastically reduced following the introduction of fullback Kemar Lawrence. Meanwhile, Richards, who rejoined the team earlier this season, spent most of the year on loan with the NASL’s Indy Eleven.
Here’s a look at some more of Monday’s MLS news and notes:
MORROW RE-SIGNS WITH TORONTO FC
Justin Morrow is set to remain a member of Toronto FC for the extended future.
On Monday, TFC announced that Morrow had signed a multi-year deal to remain with the club. The 28-year-old recently finished his second season with the club and sixth overall in MLS. Since joining TFC at the start of the 2014 season, Morrow has featured 69 times and provided two goals and five assists.
“Justin has been an important player for Toronto FC over the past two seasons, and he is part of our core group we feel we can build our defense around,” said General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. “Aside from his contributions on the pitch, Justin is a great representative of our club off the pitch, with his tireless efforts in the community. We are all very happy to re-sign Justin.”
MLS CUP SOLD OUT
There’s still six days before the MLS Cup final kicks off, but tickets to the big game have already been completely bought out.
The Columbus Crew announced Monday that Sunday’s MLS Cup finale is completely sold out, including extra capacity seating that was created for MLS Cup at MAPFRE Stadium. The stadium normally holds a capacity of 19,968.
In addition, the Timbers Army revealed Monday morning that an allotment of 900 visiting supporters’ section tickets have also sold out.
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