RED BULLS PART WAYS WITH FOUR PLAYERS

The Red Bulls announced today that it has waived goalkeeper Danny Cepero and defenders Carlos Johnson and Walter Garcia. The team also did not pick up midfielder Matthew Mbuta’s option.

Cepero was with the Red Bulls for three seasons after being drafted in the fourth round (46th overall) in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft out of the University of Pennsylvania. Cepero made 13 starts for New York in 2009, earning a 1.74 goals against average and a 2-8-3 record.

Johnson joined the Red Bulls from Norway’s Bryne FK before the start of the MLS season in March and appeared in 13 matches, tallying one assist. Garcia signed with New York last August from Argentina’s Quilmes Atletico Club. He appeared in one game in 2009.

Mbuta completed his first full season with New York after signing on Sept. 15,2008. The former Crystal Palace Baltimore player tallied two goals in 12 appearances as a Red Bull.

announced today that it has waived goalkeeper Danny Cepero and defenders Carlos Johnson and Walter Garcia. The team also did not pick up midfielder Matthew Mbuta’s option.

Cepero was with the Red Bulls for three seasons after being drafted in the fourth round (46th overall) in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft out of the University of Pennsylvania. Cepero made 13 starts for New York in 2009, earning a 1.74 goals against average and a 2-8-3 record.

Johnson joined the Red Bulls from Norway’s Bryne FK before the start of the MLS season in March and appeared in 13 matches, tallying one assist. Garcia signed with New York last August from Argentina’s Quilmes Atletico Club. He appeared in one game in 2009.

Mbuta completed his first full season with New York after signing on Sept. 15,2008. The former Crystal Palace Baltimore player tallied two goals in 12 appearances as a Red Bull.

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41 Responses to “RED BULLS PART WAYS WITH FOUR PLAYERS”

  1. Cindy Says:

    i’m really surprised they let Cepero go like that, he wasn’t amazing but he’s so young with a lot of potential! ugh and he was a NYer. the very best of luck to him, i’m sure someone will pick him up. I’m a little surprised they let C. Johnson go too. good luck to them both.

  2. julian london Metro Says:

    can’t believe we are saying goodbye to Cepero, am not happy. He is ‘our lad’ , a local chap, a good guy and a great prospect. Hans Backke, you have dropped your first ‘Bollock’, no more please….

  3. emilio Says:

    I feel bad for Cepero as he was one of the players at the event for the ticket holders to pick there seats, I remember talking to him and he was excited about how the stadium was coming along including the players dressing room etc. Hope he finds a team, I wonder if this means Gaudette might be signed, im a little surprised at the Johnson move, they might have a replacemnt lined up. Petke’s days may be numbered as well.

  4. Alle Says:

    I’m surprised Cepero and Johnson are going! Especially Johnson, what the hell! :O

  5. Marc Silverstein Says:

    I wonder if Sutton is going to make the squad?

  6. David Says:

    Cepero is a suprise. I always thought the only thing going against him was his size. Johnson seemed a bit of a hot head. 13 games and 2 red cards is not a good diciplinary record. I can see why a new coaching group would let him go. Maybe it is a bad rap but it is what it is.

  7. Lee Says:

    From everything am hearing Frederic Jonson impress in spain , He is a 6’1 172 RB/CB so we might see him here . but am surprised to see that C.Johnson was let go …..I know Cepero is a local kid but the guy suck he is not a # 1 or 2 in mls am sure if they let him go its because they have something better .

  8. alex Says:

    My first reaction was fairly negative to this. After I thought about it, It made sense. But Cepero and Mbuta have an emotional connection with the team that is hard to let go of. Its logical to cut them, but what about being a fan is logical. Danny your goal will live forever in my heart, and Matt, goal celebration will be tops as well. Carlos, you’re a bad as$ in a good way. I hope Red Bull starts to show us what the future will be, hopefully more than just a pretty stadium, with limited parking!

  9. eltigerferoz Says:

    I’m flabbergasted that we left Carlos Johnson go. I thought he was shaping in to quite a good leftback.

    And Mbuta was so nice. I feel sorry for him.

  10. Lee Says:

    Carlos Johnson was a rightback but i understand what ur saying

  11. C. Says:

    Very surprised to see all of this. Cepero helped us get to an MLS cup. Would think we could have at least traded him and got something in return. Not sure how I feel about Johnson as I don’t know who’s replacing him yet. I’m most upset about Mbuta. I really liked him and would have liked to have seen what he could have done with more playing time. I think he could have been a dangerous offensive player. Beginning to look like our team will have a heavy European bias.

  12. Choclo Says:

    They are 3 good players and I saw Garcia playing the last game and I liked how he played. I was wishing to see him in this season but unfortunately is not going to happen.

  13. Jack Says:

    The cepero move really upset me. He was young and had a lot of potential and feeling for the club. During the season he earned a starting spot and even pulled out some amazing saves.

  14. emilio Says:

    http://fotboll.expressen.se/internationellt/1.1867337/jonson-hoppfull-efter-lagret-med-backe

    Read in a swedish site that Jonson got poitive feedback by the red bulls and is awaiting a decision on if they will sign him,he says his first option is the red bulls. So this jonson may replace the old jonson

  15. emilio Says:

    http://fotboll.expressen.se/internationellt/1.1867337/jonson-hoppfull-efter-lagret-med-backe

    Jonson supposedly got positive feedback from ny and is hoping to sign with the team.

  16. BG Says:

    I don’t have strong feelings about Cepero’s ability but I don’t want players to be kept on the basis of being local or being especially beloved by fans. Give me ruthlessly dispassionate management any day. And I wasn’t a big Carlos Johnson fan.

  17. Lee Says:

    WHATS WRONG WITH REDBULLS FANS YOU DON’T WIN SH#T!!! ON POTENTIAL HOW LONG TO YOU WANT TO WAIT ON POTENTIAL . DO U GUYS WANT THE REDBULLS TO WIN ON WAIT ON A # 3 KEEPER WITH POTENTIAL .

    • Jack Says:

      Whats wrong with you!!
      A #2 is gonna become more experienced he knows the league well and when hes in form he can be a great keeper

    • BG Says:

      Every once in a while you read a classic of the Sports Blog Comment genre. Thank you, Lee.

    • not a crying RB supporter Says:

      Lee is correct, cepero was nothing special, he was small, his reaction speed was dismal, and his posistioning was very questionable. Check out Bouna on the last game of the season with the sh#t conditions and sh#t pitch, he shined. Walter garcia didn’t get to play until the last game because he was signed without a trial and wasn’t match fit. Carlos johnson couldn’t stay healthy in 09 but his touch and weight on his passes wasn’t bad. He got caught upfield a lot on the attack because of our weak midfield which was noticeable. Honestly, matthew was someone I liked but you didn’t see him much either, he was very active when he got in though. I wish they tanked, ubiparivich instead of matt along with the others. Guys, this homegrown stance and potential stance is what complacent team supporters say, backe is attempting to make a competitive squad..if MLS had reserves then there would be room for those four.

  18. Choclo Says:

    I don’t undestand if Cepero was questionable, why back in November the NYRB sent him to Argentina for training.

  19. Dario Says:

    stinks to see Cepero leave, he may have leaded a ton of goals but the D in front of him made it hard not to.

    This is the begining of us losing our local flavor and becoming comp. international.

    We are becoming the Sweedish Bulls! As long as we win….

    • Choclo Says:

      Yes, I don’t want to be nasty, but I don’t know how much experience in soccer the swedish have.

      Keep in mind that the pros who cannot play in Italy, Spain, Germany & France or Greece & Turkey go to Sweden or Denmark as a 3rd option.

  20. kofix5 Says:

    Cepero never recorded a regular season shutout.
    He showed that he deserves his position as a back up keeper when he stepped in in 2008 for Conway but thats about it. He played well. But his game is flawed. His decision making and vision are still maturing. His positioning is not good yet. I recognized early on that if you shoot on him from either top corner of the 18, the balls makes it into the net. I’m not talking about a screamer or bending shot, I’m talking about a rolling, medium speed shot along the ground. For example, see the 1st goal in the MLS Cup. He gets caught out of position, he reaches out, and dives, and the ball rolls right past his outstretched fingertips. He was scored on this way several times throughout 2009.
    Its nice he was the darling of many Red Bulls fans but he’s not really ready to start next year. And this team needs to clean house.
    i also won’t miss the DB’s in the stands calling for him to ‘score a goal’ or ‘shoot it’
    Good Luck to him. I mean that sincerely.

    Now MButa and Carlos Johnson are another matter. I’ll just say I agree with all those who say they are surprised those 2 have been sacked.

    I bet we see another NJ local on his way out soon too. Scoring will be a priority this year and someone else will need to step aside to make room for a scoring threat.

  21. Alle Says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if they let Petke go for a Swedish centre-back.

  22. K.C. Says:

    Who ever let cepero go is an idiot, he was a phenomenal, that is one of the biggest mistakes red bulls have ever made, i have just lost so much faith in the new management system.

  23. lou Says:

    Good luck to all these guys, i hope they find new teams. I also hope those new teams don’t play us, because the last thing we need is the red bulls losing to D.C because of an mbuta 30 yard blast in the 90th minute.
    Sad to see Cepero go because he was local and promising, the same could be said for mbuta minues the local part i suppose. I wasn’t so high on johnson despite some of the critical acclaim, becuase let’s face it, he was a walking red card. Yeah he was playing better towards the end of the year, but can’t we find a right back that’s dependable and doesn’t get red cards? That’s basically what the fans have to see here. Sure some of these guys were promising, but can we do better?
    Is a roster with johnson’s and mbuta’s starting going to win us championships? these guys were more like projects, maybe in a few years they would be complete players, but with a 24 player roster we can’t really afford to have that many projects on the bench.
    I’d like to see sassano, ubi, richards, and boyens go, because if we can get rid of each of those players and replace them with some improvements, then we will have a title contender. Richards is valuable trade bait. He did well in preseason and his speed is unparalled, that may be enough to have some teams interested. I don’t think a team with a player like richards can play consistently because he is to selfish, 1 dimensional, and unskilled. I could be wrong but that’s my 2 cents

  24. kofix5 Says:

    I’d like to see Woly retire and be replaced with a skilled up’n’comer like Agudelo
    or someone else who can dribble and create his own chances

    • lou Says:

      yeah i agree, and if kandji doesn’t shape up and start playing to at least half of his potential, we should look to trade him. If he can’t stay healthy as a young guy, then what will he be like in a few years with injuries? I understand part of his inability last year was due to having to play out of position, but if by the end of this season he hasn’t done anything and is injured again, we should try to trade him.

  25. Cindy Says:

    i think Cepero was a cost efficient #2 goalkeeper. i think any other #2 now will cost more money and if it ends up being Gaudette i don’t that’s much of an upgrade. regardless… if we win, then who cares right?

    i wonder if we’ve reached the international player limit yet

    • lou Says:

      well since the internationial player limit could be going up after the cba meetings are finished, there isn’t much of a point in speculating right now.

  26. Tim F. Says:

    Who is the back up to Bouna? Is Jonson (mentioned above) going to take Johnson’s starting position since Albright is not gamefit yet?

  27. jackv Says:

    I am pissed as can be letting Cepero go .ok the kid is young but who helped the redbulls get to the finals.This whole organization is making me rethink next about giving my seats the boot next year!

  28. Lee Says:

    If Cepero make u want to give up your seats then your not really a redbulls/ metro fan ………cuz we sucked last year do u wnt to come bac with the same team ………Cepero didnt get us to the finals the wood work did that kid stop like one shot and the wood work did the rest i dont want my to to win on luck i want them to win because they are better than the other team so let the guys we have now put a winning team on the field and not just a lucky team because as you saw in the finals luck run out then we get our ass kick …………………………………CEPERO IS A # 3 KEEPER so move on i mean i like da kid but are u guys for real .

  29. Lee Says:

    DA ONLYQUESTION YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF IS CAN WE WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CEPERO AND THE ANSWER IS NO!!!!!! IF YOUR BEING REAL WITH URSELF

  30. redbulls4ever Says:

    So who’s our back up goal keeper now? I am really irriated that they let Ceparo go, this is another remake of the Zack Wells loss.

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