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Red Bulls' Cuts Jump to 10

Red Bulls bring the number of players cut to 10 ahead of this afternoon's Waiver Draft, leaves the roster with 16 players.

Not only is that Corey Hertzog there in the middle, but he's flanked by John Rooney and Juan Agudelo.
Not only is that Corey Hertzog there in the middle, but he's flanked by John Rooney and Juan Agudelo.
Mike Stobe

Ahead of today's Waiver Draft (did you know there was supposed to be a waiver draft today? Me neither!) the Red Bulls released six more players in addition to the four released last week.

The Red Bulls announced Jhonny Arteaga, Corey Hertzog, Jonathan Borrajo, Stephen Keel, Tyler Ruthven and Jeremy Vuolo did not have their options picked up. They join Teemu Tainio, Jan Gunnar Solli, Bill Gaudette and Jose Angulo as Red Bulls-in-exile.

None of those 10 were taken in the aforementioned draft -- only the Columbus Crew's Cole Grossman was taken by Real Salt Lake -- and the Red Bulls contingent totaled a little less than a quarter of 42 players available.

The six cuts total $230,750 in base salary, bringing the total base salary cut to $717,755. Hertzog, who was on a Generation Adidas contract, did not contribute any of his $75,000 in base salary to the figure.

Dave Martinez, writing at Soccer By Ives, notes that the Red Bulls have left the door open for some of the younger players, but "have encouraged all to seek other options" so it might not be the end for players like Keel or Ruthven who, frankly, gave the 2012 team the depth we so marveled at during the season.

That leaves the official Red Bulls roster with 18 players.