(Harrison) Ben Mines became the sixth player in New York Red Bulls history selected to the MLS Homegrown Game. This year’s match will be played in Atlanta ahead of the MLS All-Star match against Juventus.
Since its inception in 2014, the New York Red Bulls have always fielded a Representative in the MLS’s Homegrown Game. Mines joins the ranks of Connor Lade, Sean Davis, Tyler Adams, Derrick Etienne Jr. and Evan Louro.
Ben Mines added to MLS Homegrown game
Although he signed as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 8, 2018, Ben has been part of the New York Red Bulls academy for some time. Mines has taken part in 26 USL games, notching 3 assists, and 1 goal. He rose to prominence starting for the Red Bulls in their season opener against the Portland Timbers. Mines scored the opening goal of a 4-0 win over the Timbers, setting the Red Bull fanbase on fire.
It was an auspicious start for the young player. Mines has shown his quality in his short time with the team. The homegrown game is a great way for Ben to show how far he’s come since that cold day at Red Bull Arena.
Red Bulls Press Release:
HARRISON, N.J. (July 12, 2018) – New York Red Bulls midfielder Ben Mines was named to his first MLS Homegrown game presented by Energizer®, Major League Soccer announced today. Mines, the fifth-youngest player on the Homegrown roster, is one of 16 first-time selections who will compete against Tigres UANL’s Under-20 Team in the fifth annual MLS Homegrown Game on Tuesday, July 31 at 8 p.m. ET at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground (TV: Univision Deportes / Twitter.com).
Mines, who signed an MLS Homegrown contract on January 8, made an immediate impact for the Red Bulls as he scored his first career MLS goal in New York’s season opener against Portland on March 10. He became the 15th youngest player in league history to score an MLS regular-season goal. Mines ranks third all-time in franchise history behind Eddie Gaven and Jozy Altidore for the franchise’s youngest goal scorer. The Ridgefield, Connecticut, native also became the fifth youngest player to score on his debut in MLS history, and second-youngest starter in his debut, per Elias Sports Bureau.
Alongside his MLS debut, Mines has started in nine of the 10 USL matches that he has appeared in. The New York midfielder has tallied one goal and one assist in 730 minutes played.
One of the many highly anticipated events during the week of events surrounding 2018 MLS All-Star Atlanta, the MLS Homegrown Game presented by Energizer® provides an annual platform to showcase MLS’ burgeoning young talent and demonstrate the growth of the League’s youth development system. MLS academies continue to attract and cultivate top-flight prospects and have now produced over 170 Homegrown Players who have signed professional contracts with MLS clubs. Vital to the long-term success of their clubs, Homegrown Players now serve more important and visible roles than ever, with academy products logging a record number of goals, assists, minutes and games played in 2017. Of note, the 94 assists compiled by Homegrown Players in 2017 is more than double the total compared to 2016.
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