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Red Bulls sign Daniel Edelman to a Homegrown Contract

photo by Matt Kremkau

The New York Red Bulls continue to add to their roster by signing Under-20 USMNT midfielder and New Jersey native Daniel Edelman to a two-year MLS Homegrown contract with an option for 2024 and 2025, the club announced today. Edelman, who signed with NYRBII in 2020, finished his second professional season with Red Bulls II this year.

“We are delighted to promote Daniel to the first team,” said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “Daniel is a young prospect that we saw great things at Red Bulls II and can’t wait to see his continued development with our club.”

Edelman, 18, wrapped up his first entire season with New York Red Bulls II, appearing in 30 games with 28 starts and 2,486 minutes played. The Warren, New Jersey native, recorded one goal, one assist, and 35 key passes while leading the team in interceptions (54), tackles (87), tackles won (59), duels won (182), and passes (1,350).

“Daniel is a top prospect at the midfield position,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “He is an aggressive central defensive midfielder that can do well in our system. His ability to defend and get forward are key attributes for his position.”

For country, Edelman earned his first call into the U-20 USMNT squad. Overall, he recorded one start and two appearances with 104 minutes played in the 2021 Revelations Cup. Edelman also competed with the U-16 team in 2019, tallying five appearances.

Even though the fanbase is hungry for a “difference maker” that can lead their team to end a two-decade-long and counting championship drought. Promoting a young, hungry, and talented player to the first team is always a wise investment now and in the future. 

Regardless of their concerns, the New York Red Bulls brain trust feels that Daniel Edelman is ready for the next level. And now he, along with his former teammate Omar Sowe, is continuing the talent pipeline tradition of young soccer players in the region playing for their hometown team.

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