Red Bulls mutually agree to part ways with Steele

Jonny Steele

Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIphotos.com

By FRANCO PANIZO

Jonny Steele was a key member of the New York Red Bulls team that helped the club win its first trophy, but his role within the squad was diminished this year and he is moving on as a result.

The Red Bulls announced late on Thursday afternoon that they have mutually agreed to part ways with Steele in order to allow him to pursue other opportunities. Steele made just six starts in 15 appearances this season, a stark comparison to his first year at the club in 2013 in which he was an every-game starter.

“Jonny had an offer from outside of Major League Soccer and we have agreed to his request to depart the club,” said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh. “We appreciate Jonny’s contributions over the past two seasons and wish him the best of luck in the future. With the open roster spot and available salary cap space from his departure, we are looking to add to the squad in the coming weeks.”

Steele had just one goal and two assists this season, but the 28-year-old midfielder played a much bigger part in helping the Red Bulls capture the Supporters’ Shield in 2013 by starting in 32 of the 33 league games he appeared in and contributing with five goals and six assists.

The North Ireland international began this season starting in his usual left midfield spot and with praise from head coach Mike Petke for an improved attitude. But Steele struggled in the season-opening loss against the Vancouver Whitecaps and was shuffled in and out of the lineup during the rest of New York’s games.

Eric Alexander earned the majority of the starts in Steele’s place at left midfield, but offseason acquisition Bobby Convey also saw some time there.

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What do you think of the Red Bulls and Steele parting ways? Where do you think he will end up? Wishing your MLS club would pick him up?

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18 Responses to Red Bulls mutually agree to part ways with Steele

  1. Cformusic says:

    Wow. He was so good last year. Wonder what happened?

  2. JakeTheSnake says:

    Somebody not named Henri or Cahill for NYRB…nope, don’t know him.

  3. beto says:

    Whats next for him?

    Also hope nyrb is looking at another mid signing… Very thin there these days and CCL/playoffs on the way.. Time to make a statement b4 nycfc enters the league

  4. ChrisTheLSUTiger says:

    Jonny Steele is such a pornstar name.

  5. Joamiq says:

    Red Bulls have too many problems to plug with Steele’s 130k.

  6. Red Bull Nats says:

    Where is he going?

  7. Colonel Angus says:

    Totally overrated. A total tease of a player.

  8. Vic says:

    That’s too bad, he lived two blocks away from me. He wasn’t happy not getting playing time so I don’t blame him for looking at other options.

  9. slowleftarm says:

    He was disappointing this season, hopefully they bring in a defender with that money. Only a matter of time before Olave gets hurt and we’re stuck with Armando and Miazga back there. Miazga has been decent and I’m a lot more tolerant of mistakes/growing pains with a 19 year old starting in MLS. Armando is another story.

    • Vic says:

      Damien Perrinelle is on trial, I could see him being signed although I prefer Markus Holgersson since he was just released from Wigan.

  10. SIR_KNOX says:

    We need an awesome left midfielder! A winger who can really tear it up either sending in crosses or cutting inside causing a ruckus. This is great opportunity to add a player who brings quality attack experience who can play well with Henry and BWP.

  11. Tim F. says:

    Jonny was solid. Thank for your contributions!

    Hope the 3rd DP slot will be used on an impact, offensive player.