The New York Red Bulls II bolstered their attack by adding former Indy Eleven forward Jeremy Rafanello to a USL Championship contract pending league and federation approval the club announced today.
The 6-1, 20-year old, Delran, New Jersey native played for Indy Eleven last season, where he appeared in eight matches and recorded one goal. He signed his first contract with FC Helsingør in Denmark on July 10, 2019.
“Adding Jeremy [Rafanello] to our roster is another important step in improving our team and the dynamics of our attack,” NYRB II Head Coach John Wolyniec said. “He is a hard-working forward that brings athleticism, intelligent movement, and a great striker of the ball.”
Rafanello made two appearances for Reading United A.C. in USL League Two during the 2019 season. He was a member of the Philadelphia Union Academy, where he signed an amateur agreement with Philadelphia Union II and made two appearances in 2018.
“I’m extremely excited to join such an amazing organization and start a new chapter in my career,” Rafanello said. “I cannot wait to start this season and give my all for the club, the fans, and my teammates.”
The forward played one season at Pennsylvania State University, where he made 18 appearances and recorded three goals. He was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2018.
Rafanello made his debut for the United States U-19 Youth National Team on May 7, 2018. He came on as a substitute in the 59th minute during the 2018 Nike International Friendlies