The New York Red Bulls continue to retool with the signing of 17-year-old midfielder Wikelman Carmona. The U-17 Venezuelan player joins the New York after representing his country in the 2019 South American Championships.
"He is a very interesting young player," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "Our goal is to help him improve, continue to develop and learn our style of football."
More than likely, Carmona will be a major part of the USL New York Red Bulls II team. The path to MLS for the Red Bulls has been laid out in the past and a trip to John Wolyniec's club is to be expected. Still, it is a promising signing for a team that continues to scour the globe for potential talent to develop under the MLS umbrella.
"Our scouting department identified Wikelman through the South American U-17 Championships," said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. "He's a versatile offensive midfielder with sound technical abilities and a creative mind. We look forward to his continued development within our environment."
Carmona joins Andres Reyes as the clubs signings thus far this off-season. While New York did make three selections in the MLS SuperDraft, it is uknown whether any of them will sign with the first team ahead of the 2021 campaign.