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Marcus Epps picked by New York Red Bulls in Waiver Draft

Epps made 57 appearances over the past two seasons split between the Union and Bethlehem Steel

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Marcus Epps may have been a well-liked player during his two seasons with the blue and gold, but he’s dead to us now.

The 24-year-old winger from Mississippi, whose contract option was declined last month, was selected by the New York Red Bulls in the MLS Waiver draft on Wednesday afternoon.

The Union paid $50,000 in 2018 general allocation money to Minnesota United in order to draft the former South Florida star 25th overall in the 2017 SuperDraft.

Epps showed promise and had some entertaining moments splitting time between the first team and Bethlehem Steel FC over two seasons. He finished with three goals and three assists in 32 appearances for the first team and added a pair of goals in the U.S. Open Cup. He had three goals and three assists in 25 appearances with Bethlehem Steel FC.

His last first team appearance came on August 4 when he started in a 3-0 loss at Portland and he did not make an appearance for the Steel in their last five games.

The former Chicago Fire Academy player was one of four players selected in Wednesday’s Waiver Draft.

The Fire selected Cristian Martinez from the Columbus Crew and Marco Ureña from LAFC while LAFC picked up Ricky Lopez-Espin from Real Salt Lake.

Epps was one of five Union players available selection in the draft.

Borek Dockal, Jake McGuire, Adam Najem and Jay Simpson were also available and are now free to sign with any other team in the league. Dockal and Simpson will likely be headed back to Europe and Adam Najem and Jake McGuire could both be playing against the Steel in the USL next season.