So Armando tweeted this about an hour ago...
One of the things that make our sport great is the people you meet during your career for the rest of your life. Enjoy! Cheers— Armando Lozano (@LozanoArmando16) July 22, 2014
Unless he's waxing nostalgic about his career, the 29-year-old defender is probably leaving the Red Bulls.
The writing was kind of on the wall for the well-coiffed Spaniard. He started hot, but since the emergence of Matt Miazga, Armando hasn't been in the game day 18 since the Red Bulls' 2-2 draw with the Houston Dynamo nearly three weeks ago thanks to a suspension, but even then, Ibrahim Sekagya generally inspires more confidence at the back.
And with the team floundering and right against the salary cap, Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh and the Red Bulls brain trust have to do something to get the team moving. They've already parted ways with Jonny Steele, which netted them nearly $130,000 in cap space. Parting ways with Armando would net them another $120,000.
All together, that's a quarter of a million that could be spent bolstering the anemic back line and the left mid spot (and/or DaMarcus Beasley, maybe?), the Red Bulls' two biggest problem areas.
The issue becomes if Dax McCarty gets hurt. Sekagya can fill in as a defensive midfielder, but Head Coach Mike Petke is left with just Jamison Olave and Miazga as center back choices.
But we're getting a little ahead of ourselves here. We'll wait until it's official before speculating any further.