The New York Red Bulls have seen a few faces leave in recent weeks, but Dax McCarty will not be the next as they have rejected Orlando City‘s advances for the midfielder despite a sizeable trade offer, according to Big Apple Soccer‘s Kristian Dyer.
Thierry Henry has hung up his boots and left the Red Bulls, while Jamison Olave was traded back to Real Salt Lake but the disbanding of the squad didn’t continue with McCarty’s departure to his native Florida.
Orlando City reportedly offered the Red Bulls “a hefty allocation amount and multiple draft picks” for the 27-year-old holding midfielder.
The allocation amount is believed to be in the region of $225,000, and by also turning down multiple draft picks, the Red Bulls have shown just how highly they value McCarty.
He has been in New York for three-and-a-half years now and while he remains happy, he wants to win the MLS Cup with the team before thinking of a move elsewhere.
I’m really happy in New York. Not necessarily happy with the way things have ended but I think we’ve been pretty successful the last couple of years,” he told Big Apple Soccer earlier this month.
“That’s what I’d like to be judged on. I want to win. We won the Supporters Shield but ultimately what we want to win is the MLS Cup and I want to do that here in New York.”
Orlando’s interest is understandable. McCarty has made at least 30 appearances for the past three seasons and is a consistently solid defensive midfielder.
While the Lions have options in that department already, they could really do with a more experienced head to play alongside the likes of Amobi Okugo, Estrella and Darwin Ceren.
Though that player doesn’t look like it will be McCarty as he is too valuable to the Red Bulls and Orlando will need to search elsewhere if they want to bring another midfielder in.
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