Red Bulls pick up option on Aaron Long

MLS Defender of the Year Aaron Long was among 11 New York Red Bulls players who had their options picked up.

Other starters whose options were exercised for 2019 were Michael Murillo and Axel Muyl. Twelve were already under contract for 2019.
 
The Supporters' Shield champions declined contract options on defenders Aurelien Collin, Ethan Kutler and Kevin Politz and forward Carlos Rivas and end-of-loan options on Panama World Cup defender Fidel Escobar and Marc Rzatkowski.
 
Long's partner at center back, Tim Parker, is out of contract but the Red Bulls are in discussions to bring him back in 2019. Tommy Redding is also out of contract at the end of 2018.

NY Red Bulls.
2019 Roster (23 players):
Goalkeepers (3): Evan Louro, Ryan Meara, Luis Robles.
Defenders (6): Kyle Duncan, Connor Lade, Kemar Lawrence, Aaron Long, Michael Amir Murillo, Hassan Ndam.
Midfielders (11): Vincent Bezecourt, Cristian Casseres Jr., Sean Davis, Derrick Etienne Jr., Andreas Ivan, Kaku, Jean-Christophe Koffi, Ben Mines, Alex Muyl, Florian Valot, Danny Royer.
Forwards (3): Anatole Abang, Brian White, Bradley Wright-Phillips.
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