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NY Red Bulls decline loan options for Marc Rzatkowski, Fidel Escobar

Jul 28, 2018; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Marc Rzatkowski (90) reacts after a save by Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen (left) during the first half at Red Bull Arena. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Red Bulls will likely be in search of defensive depth this offseason after declining the contract options on defenders Aurelien Collin, Ethan Kutler, and Kevin Politz, while also ending the loan of Panamanian international Fidel Escobar, the club announced Tuesday.

The Red Bulls also declined an end-of-loan option on midfielder Marc Rzatkowski, while letting go of forward Carlos Rivas, who was sent to Atlético Nacional in his native Colombia on a season-long loan in July.

Rzatkowski, who arrived from Salzburg in a season-long loan, made 16 starts in 22 regular season appearances with two goals and seven assists. According to the MLS Players Association salary guide, Rzatkowski earned $976,166.66 in total compensation for the 2018 season. Rivas earned $444,996

Although a regular starter for Panama, Escobar, on loan from Sporting San Miguelito, the 23-year-old struggled for playing time with the Red Bulls, starting four of the six matches he appeared in during the 2018 season. Escobar earned $145,000, about $30,000 more than Parker, who started 29 regular season games this year. 

The 32-year-old Collin, who started five of the seven games he appeared in this year, earned $450,000 in total compensation, according to the MLSPA. 

Defenders Tim Parker and Tommy Redding are out of contract, but Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said on Monday the club is in “ongoing negotiations” to bring Parker back while Redding, who along with Rivas came over in the trade that sent Sacha Kljestan to Orlando City SC, will not return. Redding made $147,500 in 2018.

Joining 12 other players already under contract for 2019, the Red Bulls exercised options on goalkeepers Evan Louro and Ryan Meara, defenders Kyle Duncan, Aaron Long and Michael Amir Murillo, midfielders Vincent Bezecourt, Derrick Etienne Jr., Alex Muyl, and Florian Valot as well as forwards Anatole Abang and Brian White.

The current 2019 roster stands at 23 players.

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