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New York Red Bulls jettison defender Markus Holgersson

Jan 2, 2014, 9:50 PM EST

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On the one hand, a center back in MLS who makes $200K a year needs to be a reliable performer and lead-lock starter – and Red Bulls center back Markus Holgersson wasn’t always either of those things.

Then again, he wasn’t terrible.

So it’s a little bit surprising that New York would release the veteran Swede.  The club announced the move late Thursday.

Holgersson (pictured, on the left) wasn’t especially fast or particularly great in positioning … but, again, he wasn’t painfully deficient in either area. And he seemed to be a good teammate.

He was probably priced about $50,000 to high, although that’s purely a guess. Because at $150,000, management may have deemed Holgersson as essential cover for the volatile and frequently injured Jamison Olave. Plus, a handful of Holgersson’s 63 starts with the club (over two years) were at right back; so he added some versatility there, too.

At $200,000 base salary, they apparently adjudged Holgersson just a little too pricey for his role.

  1. MadScandi - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    If he’s a veteran at 28, then what is Ryan Giggs?

  2. hildezero - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I’m surprised that he wasn’t called up by the Swedish national team. Sweden don’t have that many great defenders. Holgersson isn’t great, but he’s good.

    • MadScandi - Jan 2, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      There’s just no way he is better than Jonas Olsson, Andreas Granqvist and Per Nilsson

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