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Monday was roster cut day for all non-remaining playoff sides, some big names had their options declined. If you want to see every roster at once, here is the league’s breakdown.

In New York City that included defenders RJ Allen and Frederic Brilliant. Over at Red Bull Arena, Mike Grella and Gonzalo Vernon saw their options declined.

The New England Revolution had plenty of cuts but it’s out of contract forward, Teal Bunbury, that draws the most interest.

In Los Angeles roster cuts meant a mass exodus of players including Jermaine Jones, Jose and Jamie Villarreal, and Brian Rowe. The Rapids cut Josh Gatt after a blockbuster trade that brought him in from Minnesota. Maybe they’ll move back to Jones.

Minnesota United had a handful of players released but overall the expansion side is carrying 21 players into next season. Sporting Kansas City has 25 players on their roster going into next season and appear to be the first club to list the expiration and option dates of all players still on the roster.

FC Dallas is letting Javier Morales go, a year after getting him from Real Salt Lake. In Salt Lake former Sounder, Chad Barrett, had his option declined. Barrett wasn’t the only former Sounder declined as San Jose declined Cordell Cato’s option.

The rest of Cascadia had to make their cuts today with Portland cutting Darren Mattocks and Vancouver letting go plenty of contributors including Nosa, Mauro Rosales, Matias Laba, and David Ousted.

Colorado named a new head coach, New Zealand National Team boss and Seattle native, Anthony Hudson. The question will be can they build a team that Hudson can win with.

DC United is a bit desperate to move on to next season as they are already announcing preseason friendlies starting with Las Vegas Lights FC in Las Vegas. For fans of the Black and Red, hopefully they at least start the preseason with a win. Vancouver and Montreal will also head to Vegas to play against the USL side.

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