|photo by Matt Kremkau
A week away from the start of the 2023 MLS season and the New York Red Bulls have named defender Sean Nealis as captain for the upcoming campaign. The Long Island-native has been a staple of the New York backline for two seasons and will be relied upon heavily following the departure of former captain Aaron Long.
"I am very excited to name Sean captain of our team for this season," said head coach Gerhard Struber. "Sean has proven to be a great leader and has the trust from the whole team and myself to lead us as captain this year."
Nealis has made 76 total appearances for New York over the past four seasons. His career started with new York Red Bulls II and is yet another example of the team's pipeline from amateur to professional. Over that time he has scored two goals and logged over 6,000 minutes for the club.
Nealis' career began with New York in 2019 when he was drafted in the SuperDraft out of Hofstra University. From there his experience grew with the New York Red Bulls II in the USL and eventually to Major League Soccer. Nealis will wear the captain's armband when the club begins their season in Orlando this coming Saturday against Orlando City SC.