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Red Bulls II Announce Initial Roster Decisions

By Staff, 12/14/21, 9:02AM EST


Club exercises options on Rafanello, Sserwadda, Knapp for 2022 season

Forward Jeremy Rafanello is one of three players set to return to the club following the exercise of his contract option for the 2022 USL Championship season by the New York Red Bulls II on Tuesday. | Photo courtesy New York Red Bulls II

HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls II on Tuesday announced roster decisions as the club begins its preparations for the 2022 USL Championship season 

NYRB II exercised the contract options of midfielders Jeremy Rafanello, Steven Sserwadda, and Michael Knapp. Defender Curtis Ofori will enter the second year of his contract in 2022.

Additionally, the club is in discussion to bring back defenders Juan Castillo and Lamine Conte for the 2022 season.

New York declined options on defender Emir Tombul and midfielder Kyle Zajec, while forward Luther Archimede has moved on to another club. Midfielder Daniel Edelman and forward Jake LaCava are out of contract.

“We are excited to be bringing back some of our top young players for the 2022 USL Championship season,” Red Bulls Academy Director Sean McCafferty said. “We look forward to adding more depth in quality to compliment the current group as we strive to be in contention for the playoffs and improve in all areas moving forward. We would like to thank the players who have moved on for all of their hard work and commitment to the club and we wish them nothing but success for the future.”

Forward Omar Sowe and goalkeeper AJ Marcucci, who started the season as NYRB II players, signed MLS contracts in September.

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