“We will miss Stephen in a Thunder uniform in 2009,” said Thunder president Manny Lagos. “However, we realize that this is a business and sometimes players and agents want to move on. We wish Stephen luck in his future soccer career and thank him for the 2008 season.”
deRoux signed a two year contract with the Thunder prior to the 2008 season. However there was a non-negotiable stipulation presented by Goldberg that there needed to be a buyout clause in the contract, should deRoux and his agent want to explore different options in 2009.
deRoux won USL All-League First Team honors in 2008 after playing the second most minutes on the Thunder with 2,534 minutes played. The Jamaican born midfielder also contributed one goal and two assists.
In other news the Thunder has also released midfielder Andrew Barron who is pursuing soccer in his native New Zealand. Barron played in 11 games for the Thunder in 2008 logging 723 minutes.