Ghana defender Gideon Baah parts ways with New York Red Bulls

Ghanaian defender Gideon Baah has brought his New York Red Bulls chapter to a close after the Major League Soccer (MLS) club failed to exercise his contract options.

Baah’s initial two-year contract expired at the end of the season and Red Bulls’ decision to decline the contract options simply suggests that the Ghanaian is not in their plans for next season.

A total of 12 MLS clubs made their first important decisions for the 2018 season, revealing the player contract options they have picked up for next year, those they are declining and those out of contract.

Baah was among the 10 players whose contract options were declined by the Red Bulls as the club wished them well in their future endeavor.

“We know how much we ask of our players, and these guys have all given a lot to the club during their time here. We thank them for their service, and wish them the best moving forward,” said Red Bulls’ Sporting Director Denis Hamlett.

The Ghanaian defender thanked the red side of New York in a tweet.

“Special thanks to the fans of @NewYorkRedBulls, you guys showed me so much love and for that I’m most grateful. Sad I wasn’t able to exhibit my abilities to the fullest at this club. Thanks to all. Honored!!!

Baah’s two seasons with the Red Bulls were hampered by major injuries. He missed the entire 2017 MLS season due to complications during his injury recovery, playing only a few matches late in the year for Red Bulls II in the USL.

Baah however disclosed in a chat with Ghana Soccer US (, that he was waiting for the wavers draft to see if any club will pick his option.

In a related development, New England Revolution midfielder Gershon Koffie will return to his original club, Hammarby IF in Sweden, as the Revolution did not have a permanent transfer option for him.

Young Jeffrey Otoo’s contract option with Atlanta United was also not exercised. Otoo spent two seasons on loan with USL side Charleston Battery after he was signed on by MLS new franchise Atlanta United.

But according to Otoo, his second stint with Charleston wasn’t the best as he missed several games due to ill health.

Just like Baah, Otoo and Koffie could also return to the league as they wait for December 12 and 13 to see if they would be lucky to earn new contracts during the Free Agency and the Waiver Drafts.
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