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Red Bulls sign F Zach Ryan, M Jesus Castellano

Field Level Media
21 Jan 2022, 05:19 GMT+10

The New York Red Bulls signed Stanford forward Zach Ryan and Venezuelan midfielder Jesus Castellano.

Both deals announced Thursday are for one year and include club options for 2023, 2024 and 2025.

Ryan, 22, is a New Jersey native and signed as a Homegrown player. Castellano, 17, will occupy an international roster slot.

Ryan tallied 31 goals and 13 assists in 73 games (67 starts) with the Cardinal.

"We are pleased to add Zach to our group of Homegrowns," NYRB head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a news release. "He has seized his opportunities at both the academy and collegiate level. We hope to see him continue to raise his level with us."

Ryan won two Pac-12 championships (2018, 2020) at Stanford and was named the conference's Player of the Year in 2020.

"Zach has been playing at a top level at Stanford," Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said. "His ability to score at the academy and collegiate level has been impressive. We hope to see him build upon those successes in preseason and gain good experience with us and Red Bulls II."

Ryan played for Red Bulls Academy from 2013-17. He scored 20 goals in 38 games in his last two seasons there.

Castellano made his pro debut last year with Yaracuyanos FC in Venezuela's top flight, appearing in six matches.

"Jesus is an exciting young player," Thelwell said. "He's a versatile offensive midfielder with sound technical abilities and a creative mind. We look forward to his continued development within our environment."

--Field Level Media

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