Rookie Raymond Lee was supposed to provide defensive depth for the Union this season at left back, but his place in the squad proved to be short-lived with the announcement Friday of his departure.
The 71st pick in the MLS SuperDraft of St. Louis University in January, Lee made only one 12-minute appearance in league play for the first team as a substitute in a 3-2 loss to Sporting Kansas City on April 5 and started in the friendly against AFC Bournemouth on July 14.
Lee wasn't part of the City Islanders plans this season either. He was loaned out on multiple occasions to the USL club but used only once in a stoppage time cameo against New York Red Bulls II on May 9.
Technical director Chris Albright called "a promising young player with a long career ahead of him" in a news release about his departure, which leaves the defensive cupboard threadbare heading into Saturday's game against the New England Revolution.
This, of course, could signal that a move is coming, that his roster spot was needed to bring in another defender to join the seven remaining on the squad - Raymon Gaddis, Richie Marquez, Maurice Edu, Steven Vitoria, Warren Creavalle, Ethan White and Fabinho.
Could this mean the long-awaited left back we've been promised for so long is on his way? Or that Andrew Wenger will be converted back to defense, where he starred in his days playing for Duke before converting to midfield?
Either way, if a move isn't made soon, we could see Sebastien Le Toux filling in at defense in a pinch again.