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The New York Red Bulls have completed the signing of goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul to a contract through 2012, sources confirmed to SBI on Monday. To make room for Coundoul, the Red Bulls have waived goalkeeper Jon Conway.
The Red Bulls acquired the rights to Coundoul from the Colorado Rapids for an undisclosed allocation fee before reaching a contract agreement with Coundoul on Monday. Coundoul's agent, New York-based agent Ron Waxman, confirmed the agreement.
Coundoul started for the Rapids in 2007 and 2008, compiling a 17-22-12 record with an impressive 1.16 goals-against average (the second-best career average in league history). He left the Rapids after last season when he failed to reach an agreement on a new contract.
Raised in New York, the Senegal native and Senegalese national team goalkeeper enjoyed a solid 2008, including an appearance for Senegal in the 2008 African Cup of Nations.
Coundoul, 27, is expected to eventually take over as the Red Bulls starting goalkeeper, replacing the talented but erratic Danny Cepero.
Conway's departure ends a four-year tenure with the Red Bulls. He started 63 matches for the Red Bulls, posting a 23-24-15 record during that time. He enjoyed his best season in 2008, before having his season ended by a 10-game suspension for violating Major League Soccer's performance enhancing drug opolicy. He returned from his suspension early in 2009 but he never showed the consistency or form he displayed in the first half of 2008, eventually losing his job to Cepero.
What next for Conway? It is a safe bet that the Chester, Pa. native will wind up with the Philadelphia Union in 2010.
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