Midfielder Matt Dunn and Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald have both been placed on waivers by New York City Football Club.
Dunn was drafted by NYCFC from Chivas USA in the second round of the 2014 dispersal draft. He was utilized once by NYCFC as a substitute in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire.
Fitzgerald was acquired on a free transfer in December 2014. He spent a brief period on loan at the Carolina RailHawks of the NASL.
NYCFC likely chose to place these players on waivers to open up space for incoming transfers as the club is set to have a busy transfer window in July.
By placing them on waivers, NYCFC make both Dunn and Fitzgerald available to any other club. Clubs with the least points per game are higher on the waiver order than clubs with higher points per game.
To put this simply, a weaker team such as the Chicago Fire have a higher chance of claiming the player off of waivers than a strong team such as DC United. This is to help strengthen the weaker teams.