The end of an era. - Mike Stobe
And Rafa Marquez's career as a Red Bull ends not with a bang, but a whimper (in a four paragraph press release).
All the rumors in the world don't quite matter now. This morning Rafael Marquez, potentially the most derided designated player signing in the history of the league, was released by mutual consent this morning.
The press release from the team is short and sweet, though Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh's comments were more...let's say he focused on Marquez's past rather than his present.
"This decision has been made in the best interests of both parties concerned," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. "Rafa has accomplished a great deal during his career and is a top quality player. We want to thank him for his service to the Red Bulls and wish him the best of luck in the next stage of his career."
The team did not release specific terms of the deal, so how much, if any, of Marquez's $4.6 million contract stays on the books is still a question.
A retrospective of his career as a Red Bull will come later today, but take this post as a chance to celebrate down in the comments.