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Red Bulls waive Christianson

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The second round SuperDraft pick is moving on.

Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls waived midfielder Ian Christianson.

"We thank Eric for his service to the club," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "We wish him all the best moving forward."

"We thank Ian for his service to the Red Bulls over the last two seasons," said Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis. "We wish him the best as he moves forward with his career."

Christianson was drafted by the Red Bulls following a standout career at Georgetown, and battled injuries for the last two years. He spent part of 2014 on loan with Orlando City in USL Pro and played well enough to be recalled back to MLS. He made his MLS debut in a 4-1 win over the Seattle Sounders. He made six appearances for the club (three in MLS, three in the CONCACAF Champions League).

The team has signed multiple central midfielders this off-season including Leo Stolz, Felipe, Sean Davis, and Sacha Kljestan.

OPINION

I dislike this move. Christianson came on strong (well, moderately strong) at the end of last season after getting his injury issues out of the way, and, in my opinion, is a MLS-level player. He was ready to be the back up to Dax McCarty in 2015, and live up to his SuperDraft potential. Now that he's been cut, the team is thin at the defensive midfielder position. As far as I can see, Connor Lade is the only player fully capable of the role on the roster right now, and even that's a bit of a stretch.