|photo by Matt Kremkau
RB Leipzig have made the move for New York Red Bulls midfielder Caden Clark. The 18-year old American will remain in New York for the remainder of the year, joining Leipzig in January of 2022.
"He can play anywhere," said Leipzig Technical Director Christopher Vivell. "He is a scoring threat, has great passing quality and strikes the ball well, allowing him to score goals from range. These skills make him a perfect fit for our playing philosophy."
This move had been planned for more than a year. Early work on this came while Clark was still playing for New York Red Bulls II. Over the that time he scored three goals in 12 games. When moving to the first team in MLS, Clark as scored six goals in 15 games.
Clark is yet another example of a highly talented American moving to the Bundesliga. Tyler Adams made the move several years ago, along with Josh Sargent and Gio Reyna. The pipeline to Europe continues to produce for MLS teams and Clark is yet another player from Red Bull in particular to move. Most recently, Kemar Lawrence and Michael Amir Murillo moved to Europe as well.
"Being able to not only develop but play significant minutes at USL and MLS here has truly helped me grow professionally," said Clark. "I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that the New York Red Bulls have given me."