Striker Luke Rodgers' has been denied a P-1 work visa to play this season for the Red Bulls, and the club has terminated his contract.
Rodgers had been stuck in his native United Kingdom after his initial application to have his P-1 visa renewed was rejected last month, and his appeal had eventually ended up with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
His first attempt to join the Red Bulls in 2010 had been rejected because of arrests in England; he was eventually granted a permit last year and played 20 games, scoring nine goals.
A P-1 visa must be renewed every year in the country from which it was issued, and for the past few months his status has been in limbo. The reasons for denial have not been made public. Any violation, such as overstaying the period stipulated on the visa or any legal situation, would be grounds for refusal.