Ben Mines enjoyed a memorable MLS debut in 2018, but never caught on with the Red Bulls.
HARRISON, N.J. – Ben Mines, who scored minutes into his Major League Soccer debut at 17 in 2018, had his the option of his contract declined by the Red Bulls, the team announced Monday.
Now 20, Mines was joined by midfielders Marc Rzatkowski and Chris Lema and defender Patrick Seagrist whose contracts were not exercised for the 2021 season.
The club also declined an option to purchase forward Samuel Tetteh.
The Red Bulls exercised options on defenders Kyle Duncan and Sean Nealis, midfielders Sean Davis, Kaku, Jared Stroud, Daniel Royer and Florian Valot and forward Tom Barlow.
Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh is out of contract.
“For our players departing, we’d like to thank them for their hard work and professionalism during their time with the club,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “As we move forward into next season, we have clear focus on recruiting players that fit our philosophy, improve our squad, and help push us towards our goal of competing for the Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup.”
Fourteen players are already under contract for next season.
Mines’ tenure did not pan out. The Ridgefield, Conn. native wound up playing six games over three seasons with the Red Bulls, recording two goals and one assist in 262 minutes.
In five USL Championship seasons with Red Bulls II, Mines scored twice in 47 appearances.
The current roster, including exercised options and players under contract:
GK: David Jensen, Ryan Meara
Defenders: Kyle Duncan, Mandela Egbo, Aaron Long, Sean Nealis, Tim Parker, Jason Pendant, Amro Tarek, John Tolkin
Midfielders: Cristian Cásseres Jr., Caden Clark, Sean Davis, Omir Fernandez, Kaku, Daniel Royer, Jared Stroud, Florian Valot, Dru Yearwood
Forwards: Tom Barlow, Mathias Jørgensen, Brian White