The New York Red Bulls II re-signed Jordan Scarlett and Allen Yanes to new contracts, pending league and federation approvals. The defenders had limited seasons in 2018, but are looking to make a bigger impact with the team going forward.
Jordan Scarlett was selected in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft out of Iona College. This will be the Bronx native’s third season with the squad. Hindered by injury this previous year, he was still an effective component of RBII’s back line in his 14 starts. He factored heavily in the team’s back-to-back clean sheets during their USL playoff run. Scarlett has the potential to be a centerback in the first team, but needs time to further hone his skills. Coach John Wolyniec is confident in Scarlett’s ability to further develop in the Red Bulls system.
“It is great to have Jordan back with our team again,” said NYRB II Head Coach John Wolyniec. “We feel he has a number of the qualities we are looking for in a first team center back and we are confident as a staff that he will do the work needed to develop in our system.”
Guatemalan international Allen Yanes appeared in twelve matches last season, nine of them starts. The 21-year-old is notched one assist in 2019. He featured at right back for the first half of an International Friendly against Argentina last September. Wolyniec praised Yanes for his versatility in the team press release today. “We are very excited to keep him in our club,” the veteran coach and former player stated.
“In limited time last year, Allen proved to be a very reliable and versatile defender, two words we truly value here,” said Wolyniec. “His intelligence and tactical awareness are two other qualities he possesses that we think give him a lot of potential in our system. We are very excited to keep him in our club.”
A consistently formidable back line is a priority for the Red Bull organization. Their choice to bring Yanes and Scarlett back speaks to their interest in continuity and development. The 2019 USL season begins March 9 at MSU Soccer Park against the Swope Park Rangers.
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