Caden Clark is on the move to RB Leipzig, according to reports from the Athletic, that would see him make the move to the Bundesliga after the 2021 season. It is yet another move that strips New York of a promising player just one season after excitement builds around the prospect.
One of the reason that the move must wait until the end of the season has to do with Clark's age. The young attacking midfielder is still 17-years-old and a move to Europe, by FIFA rules can't happen until he is 18.
While Clark has wowed Red Bull fans with his efforts during the latter stages of the 2020 season, he has yet to produce for the club on a long term level and appears that he won't be given that opportunity. The same situation occurred with Tyler Adams, who moved to the Bundesliga club after the 2018 campaign, leaving a gaping hole for the MLS club to fill.
Transition is the norm for MLS clubs but it feels like New York is given next to no time to meet their goals of winning an MLS Cup as their assets are stripped before showing their worth on the field.
For Clark, it is a chance to grow in one of the top four leagues in Europe. Americans have had success in the Bundesliga and this youngster's abilities seem to be in line with what Leipzig are looking to cultivate.
What the transfer fee is has yet to determined. However, it is yet another example of where New York sits in the hierarchy of Red Bull Global with all forces pointed at the success of the German club.