Some Personnel News, None of Which Involves Tim Cahill

I think we'll all miss his song. Also, neither of these guys, both Backe favorites, are Red Bulls any more.

Announced Saturday, but datelined today, the Red Bulls announced they were waiving midfielder Ryan Maduro. The Providence College grad featured in the Red Bulls U.S. Open Cup victory over the Charleston Battery, but never got any league minutes.

In more interesting news, Kristian Dyer of Big Apple Soccer and Metro fame, is reporting Erik Soler has pulled the trigger on a deal that sends Mehdi Ballouchy to the San Jose Earthquakes. There's been no news on how the Red Bulls are being compensated for the Moroccan international.

This year, unlike years past, Ballouchy is actually playing well, and his absence Saturday night left a hole none of the other bench players (all five of them) could fill. Fresh legs could have provided a spark and got the Red Bulls back into the game, but Ballouchy, whose visa issues keep him out of games in Canada and international friendlies, wasn't around.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: The release says the Bulls got a 2013 international spot and a 2013 conditional draft pick in exchange for Ballouchy.

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