Shortly after we thought Ruben Bover might have confirmed what had been reported last week, and was re-reported on Twitter today (March 12), the New York Red Bulls got around to confirming that the club has cut ties with the 22-year-old Spanish midfielder.
Over two seasons, Bover made a total of 26 appearances in all competitions for the Red Bulls, of which five were starts. He accumulated a total of 560 minutes on the pitch for the club, scoring one goal and providing one assist.
The goal came in one of his rare starts: RBNY's penultimate home game of the 2014 season, a 3-1 win over Toronto FC in which he scored the second goal, putting the Red Bulls 2-0 up in the first half.
His lone assist came in his competitive debut for the club: the opening game of the 2013 season against Portland Timbers. Bover got the secondary assist for feeding Heath Pearce, who crossed for Jamison Olave to score.
Bover is one of seven players who appeared in the first competitive game Mike Petke coached for RBNY (that match against Portland, which he started) and the last (the second leg of the 2014 Eastern Conference playoff final, for which he was a stoppage time substitute).
Of those seven - Luis Robles, Jamison Olave, Dax McCarty, Tim Cahill, Thierry Henry, Eric Alexander, and Bover - two are still under contract with the club.
He is the 16th player from the 2014 squad to leave the team since the end of last season. His departure leaves RBNY with 26 players on the roster, though it is expected Peguy Luyindula will shortly announce his retirement.
Once A Metro wishes Mr. Bover every success for his future - unless he plays the Red Bulls, of course.