From the outside looking in, Carney was earning quite a bit of money and he wasn't great in his time with the Red Bulls (though he wasn't awful, either). Plus, he played a position Head Coach Mike Petke targeted as a hole.
But to hear Carney tell it, the two sides just couldn't hash out a deal.
Today, he told Australia's Special Broadcasting Services' The World Game site, "there was an offer for me but we couldn't agree to terms."
"It wasn't a matter of me not being offered anything - the club were simply restricted under their salary cap and I've chosen not to remain in New York.
"Being there got me playing again after being out of the game for a while (after his departure from Bunyodkor in November 2012) and I only have fond memories of the club and the people there.
"It also helped get me back in the Socceroos again so I am really grateful for that also.
"I definitely haven't given up hope of going to Brazil.
"I am just looking at a few things with my agent and deciding on the next step forward.
"There's some interest from a few of the clubs who we spoke to before I went to the States, so we will see what happens."
Good luck to Carney, but remember, this was also the guy who virtually guaranteed he'd be in a Red Bulls jersey next year.