|photo by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls II have announced the signing of 20 year-old defender Christopher Cragwell on loan for the 2022 season. The Panamanian international becomes yet another signing by the club which is looking to lock up it's defense heading into the last year of their time in the USL.
"Although he is young he already has good experience," said Red Bull Academy Director Sean McCafferty. "We look forward to having him play a big role within the group during the 2022 season."
Cragwell played for both the academy and first team Club Deportivo Arabe Unido. He has made 26 total appearances for the club dating back to 2017 with 14 of those coming in the 2021 season. He was named to the league's Team of the Week on three separate occasions. He also was selected by the U-19 Panamanian national team but did not play due to COVID-19 as nearly all games were suspended.
"I did not expect to get in an organization as important as the Red Bulls," said Cragwell. "Thanks to my hard work and sacrifice I have been able to get this opportunity."
The USL Championship season will begin for New York Red Bulls II on March 12th against the FC Miami. They will play their first game at home in MSU Soccer Park on Saturday, March 19th.