Red Bulls waive Hot, Kassel

Red Bull New York announced Friday that it has waived defender Sacir Hot and midfielder Matt Kassel.

"We want to wish Sacir and Matt the best of luck and hope to see them back at the club in the future," said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. "Unfortunately, with the talent on our squad, we cannot guarantee that Sacir and Matt will play in first team matches. They are both young players who need more games and we will help them find positive situations where they can succeed and develop. We will also continue to follow their progress at their next club.

"These were difficult decisions, but we think that these are beneficial moves for all parties involved. The club is proud that they developed in our academy and have turned into good professionals."

Hot signed with the Red Bulls in January of 2011 as a Major League Soccer Home Grown Player after a stint at Boston College. The Red Bulls Academy product did not feature in an MLS match in 2011 but made his debut with the club in a U.S. Open Cup win over FC New York.

Kassel, a fellow Red Bulls Academy product, was a three-year starter at the University of Maryland. He signed a professional contract with New York in January of 2011 and made two regular season appearances in his rookie year. Kassel also made two starts in the Open Cup.