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January 25, 2017
Red Bulls re-sign center back Damien Perrinelle

Damien Perrinelle will return for his fourth season with the Red Bulls.
Damien Perrinelle will return for his fourth season with the Red Bulls.
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A day after one experienced center back said he wasn't returning to the club, the Red Bulls made sure they latched onto another Wednesday.

New York announced it had re-signed center back Damien Perrinelle.

the 33-year-old Perrinelle will be back with the team for a fourth season after his contract expired at the end of 2016.

"We are pleased to bring Damien back for 2017," Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. "Damien has been an important part of our back line for the last two years, and we think he can continue to play a big role for us this season."

On Tuesday, veteran center back Ronald Zubar said that he and the team could not reach a deal and was not returning to the team.

Perrinelle missed the first half of last season while recovering from an injury suffered in the 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Frenchman made 10 MLS appearances, including seven starts, down the stretch and played in both 2016 MLS playoff matches.

The 6-1, 170-lb. defender has made 40 league appearances for New York over two and a half seasons, with two goals and an assist.

Perrinelle also played for FC Istres of Ligue 2 in France. The defender began his professional career in 2001 with Amiens SC, a member of the Championnat National, the third level of French Football. Following his stint with Amiens SC, Perrinelle made the jump to Ligue 2 in France in 2004. The defender played for US Creteil in 2004, Clermont Foot in 2005, US Boulogne from 2006-2010 and then a second stint with Clermont Foot from 2010-2013.

Perrinelle will join the team in Tucson, Ariz. for preseason camp.
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