|photo by Matt Kremkau
by Daniel Feuerstein
On Saturday Afternoon this January 14th, the New York Red Bulls signed another homegrown academy product who has just finished his college career at Duke as they bring Midfielder and Chester, New Jersey native Peter Stroud to a three-year deal with option years in 2026 & 2027.
"We are very happy to sign Peter to a homegrown contract," said Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. "Peter is a talented midfielder that has demonstrated great success at both collegiate and academy levels, and we are very delighted to have him at our club."
The 20-year-old made 55 appearances for the Duke Blue Devils over the last three seasons scoring six goals and earning 12 assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference University, he was also named ACC midfielder of the year twice and won that award in back-to-back seasons. He has also earned all-ACC First Team honors twice, United Soccer Coaches All-America First Team and Duke University's Most Valuable Player in the 2020 season.
He did spend time at West ham United in England where he featured for their U-18 and U-23 sides. He made his debut as a 16-year-old in a 1-0 victory over Swansea
“Peter has shown us many great qualities on and off the field,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “He is an exciting young talent, and we are really looking forward to having him on our roster for next season.”
Just how special of a talent Peter Stroud is? Well, you can only look towards the broadcast of the MLS Super Draft this past December with comments by ESPN USL Championship & College Soccer Analyst Devon Kerr as he was joined by MLS Extra Time hosts Andrew Wiebe & Matt Doyle. Towards the end of their broadcast in the first round, Kerr said "If Stroud wasn't going to be signed to a homegrown deal by the New York Red Bulls, then he would've been in this year's Draft."
That's how special of a talent Peter Stroud is and the New York Red Bulls are fortunate that the Chester, NJ native who grew up inside their academy wants to stay with them. Let's all hope he is a part of the puzzle to play a strong game, either with the MLS side or their two team in MLS Pro Next, but it goes to show you how much this side values their young talent as we have seen in this current era.