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SIGNING DAY | Red Bulls Academy Players Announce College Commitments

Red Bulls U-18 on Signing Day

HARRISON, N.J. (Feb. 4, 2016) – The New York Red Bulls are pleased to announce that the following Under-18 Red Bulls Academy players have officially signed the NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend the following Division I colleges.

Player Position Hometown College
Barry Sharifi FWD Jercho, NY Loyola
Brian Saramago FWD Garden City Park, NY Loyola
Callum Johnson MID New York, NY Boston College
Cristian Martinez DEF Mine Hill, NJ Monmouth
Jared Gilbey MID New York, NY Stanford
Kyle Casey FWD Fairfield, CT Stanford
Kyle Perno DEF New Hyde Park, NY UCSB
Mason Deeds DEF Topton, PA Georgetown
Noah Powder DEF Maplewood, NJ Uncommitted
Rodrigo D'Andrea FWD New York, NY Brown
Ryan Mingachos MID Dandury, CT George Mason
Sean Teixeria DEF Trumbull, CT Villanova
Wojciech Gajda GK Staten Island, NY Stony Brook 
Samad Bounthong MID Hoboken, NJ Marist
Anthony Herbert DEF Brooklyn, NY Uncommitted


“It’s a very proud day for club and all the staff that have worked with these players over there time with the academy,” Red Bulls U-18 head coach Simon Nee said. “Today is recognition of the dedication and commitment each player has shown to working hard each and every day to reach their potential.”

Red Bulls U-18 ended in first place in the Atlantic Division during the Fall portion of the 2015-16 season. The U-18s are currently ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to Grande Sports Academy TeamRank. New York finished 10-2-1 in the Fall with 31 points. The U-18s boast the most potent attack in the division with 39 goals scored and have allowed the third-lowest amount of goals with 16. Their goal differential of 23 is tied for the best in the division.

The New York Red Bulls maintain one of the premier youth soccer development programs in the United States, committed to identifying and developing talent in the tri-state area. All five age groups, U-12s, U-13s, U-14s, U-16s and U-18s, are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation, and Red Bulls players make regular appearances in U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams and NCAA Division I programs. For more information about Red Bulls academy and training programs, visit

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