Frank Yallop said there would be cuts at the conclusion of phase two of training camp in Bradenton and the club announced several today. The listed players who are not travelling to Arizona on Saturday are all of the "unsigned" variety. The list includes draft pick Bryan Ciesulka, open tryout winner Freddie Braun, David Meves, Tim Ward, Daniel Jackson, and Andrea Campbell.
Grant Ward, Patrick Walsh, and Marco Franco are the "unsigned" players still standing and will travel with the team for phase three. This doesn't mean that some "signed" players aren't in danger of release particularly since Orr Barouch will join the team in Arizona, stiffening the competition for a spot at back-up forward.
Since most MLS contracts are not guaranteed or semi-guaranteed, clubs can release signed players during pre-season without being subject to carrying that contract for duration of the year. Clubs also have the option of releasing players on semi-guaranteed deals before July 1 thereby avoiding a "cap" hit for the remainder of the season. Additional cuts sometime soon would not be surprising as Yallop looks to trim his roster to 29 or 30.
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Red Stars tryouts
The Red Stars will hold open tryouts for the 2014 season on February 27-28 at the Max McCook Athletic and Exposition Center. Players interested in giving it a shot can click here for more info.