Hamlett: We expect him to start on the first team

The New York Red Bulls newest player received strong praise from Denis Hamlett during an afternoon conference call Tuesday afternoon.

The Red Bulls announced Mathias Jorgensen’s transfer this morning from Odense Boldklub. The 18-year-old striker appeared in 13 matches for OB, amassing 2 goals in just over 400 competitive minutes. Jorgensen’s accomplishment’s at the reserve and youth level prove more robust.

At the u-19 level, Jorgensen tallied 29 goals in 27 matches across all competitions, earning promotion to OB’s reserve side. He spent just 3 games with the reserve team before being called up the OB’s first team. His rapid rise and penchant for goal attracted Red Bull scouts to the Danish striker.

Hamlett agrees that his attributes played a part in the acquisition, but credits Jorgensen’s character as a big part of the move.

“For an 18-year-old young man,” said Hamlett. “He’s pretty clear in terms of his ideas. He’s humble. For us, the character piece is a big part of what we’re trying to create. It speaks volumes about him as a young player.”

Despite his age, Hamlett does not expect Jorgensen to spend much, if any, time with the New York Red Bulls II in USL. Jorgensen should be earning MLS minutes worthy of the modest, yet sizable, rumored $2-3m transfer fee paid.

“As a striker, he has dynamic tools that can help us right off the bat,” said Hamlett. “I think as he gets here, how fast he adapts will speak volumes. We expect him to start on the first team.”

Fans must wait for Jorgensen’s debut, however. The striker is not currently with the first team in Arizona, and still needs time to adapt to the new environment. A realistic timetable has not been established yet for the young striker’s inclusion in meaningful matches.

Fans should note, that Jorgensen is not a designated player, and his signing does not mean the Red Bulls are not still looking to fill the empty DP slot in their roster. Hamlett mentioned that the team remains active in their search and carry enough cap space to make a move if they feel they need to bolster the squad.

“We are flexible if we want to add another player,” said Hamlett. “We are excited for the moment. I think the key part is the flexibility to bring in other players if we see fit.”

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