Press Pass: Juninho bids farewell
The New York Red Bulls and Brazilian midfielder Juninho have mutually agreed to cancel his contract, the MLS club announced Wednesday.
"We are very disappointed that Juninho has decided to return to Brazil because he is a great professional and a very talented footballer," Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said in a statement. "We wish him all of the best and thank him for his valuable contributions during the first half of the 2013 MLS campaign."
Juninho, 38, was a member of Brazil's squad at the 2006 World Cup squad and is best known for helping Lyon with seven straight Ligue 1 titles from 2002-08. He signed with the Red Bulls in December and tallied four assists in 13 games with New York.
"Before I leave for home, I want to thank the New York Red Bulls for the opportunity to experience MLS and to wish my teammates and the club's excellent fans every success for the remainder of the season," Juninho said in the statement.
Juninho struggled with discipline during his time in MLS, picking up a red card and five yellow cards.
He received the red card April 17 for kicking a ball at Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen during a dead-ball situation. MLS' disciplinary committee said his action was "violent conduct that endangered the safety of his opponent" and doubled his standard suspension to two games.