The New York Red Bulls have waived midfielder Mael Corboz, the club announced today.
Corboz was signed to a Homegrown contract in December, along with six other academy graduates. He had been with New York during both preseason camps in Orlando.
As a senior, Corboz led the Big Ten with 12 assists, tied for fifth-most in the nation. He was named to the First Team All-Big Ten after both seasons. He was also part of the Red Bulls' U-23 team that captured the NPSL title in 2014, and recorded five goals and an assist in nine appearances in 2015 in the PDL.
The announcement comes ahead of the team's opening weekend match on Sunday, March 6th. The move takes the Red Bulls down to 27 active players on the roster, opening up the possibility for a last minute signing before the season begins. Trialist Chiekh Mbaye has been floated as a rumored candidate for a MLS contract after preseason.
Given the current glut of midfielders and imbalance in defense, the move is not fully a surprise, and Corboz's future with the Red Bulls is not lost. There is always the possibility he is signed by NYRB II to a USL contract, allowing the organization to keep watch on the homegrown and resign him to an MLS contract next season.