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New York City waives Akira Fitzgerald, Matthew Dunn

The roster move comes with an eye toward opening up spots for new arrivals in July.

Say your goodbyes. We hardly knew ye, Akira!
Say your goodbyes. We hardly knew ye, Akira!
USA TODAY Sports-Avi Gerver

There are only so many seats on the plane.

In order to make room on the squad for new July arrivals, New York City has appeased the MLS roster gods by placing reserve goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and young midfielder Matthew Dunn on waivers.

Both players were present for a team autograph signing in Manhattan on Monday night.

Fitzgerald had not made a senior appearance for the club, and was loaned back to his former club, NASL's Carolina RailHawks, in mid-May. He returned to the Five Boroughs earlier this month, but found himself fourth on the depth chart following Eirik Johansen's notable start against the New York Cosmos in the U.S. Open Cup.

Dunn, who was selected by New York City in the Chivas USA postmortem dispersal draft, made one appearance for the Bronx Blues, logging 52 minutes in the 1-0 away loss to Chicago on April 24th. With the emergence of Tommy McNamara and Kwadwo Poku and the imminent arrival of Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo (probably), Dunn's role in the midfield rotation fell into doubt.

As the club stated in its press release:

New York City FC would like to thank Matt and Akira for their time with the Club and wish them both the best in the future.