New York Red Bulls have added 18-year old Danish international Mathias Jorgensen to the club as a potential back-up to aging striker Bradley Wright-Phillips.
“We are pleased to welcome Mathias to our club,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “He is a talented young player who fits into our philosophy and playing style. Throughout the scouting, interviewing, and signing process we became more and more confident in Mathias’ character, his team-first attitude, and his competitive drive. His decision to join our club as a young European player speaks volumes about the New York Red Bulls and Major League Soccer.”
The youngster has scored two goals in 13 appearances for Odense BK in Denmark. He has rapidly ascended the ranks, first starting for the teams U-19 squad where he scored seven goals in just four appearances. Whether his inclusion is meant to be a main roster one or a signing for the USL New York Red Bulls II team remains to be seen.
It is worth noting that the team has been incredibly lucky with the durability of striker Bradley Wright-Phillips. Since his first full season in 2014 he has played in 25 or more games per year. All of this on top of scoring 106 league goals and the team has to consider themselves more blessed to have had that kind of production from a player that was brought in as a trialist in 2013.
Jorgensen is yet another attempt to potentially create a partner or eventual replacement for the Englishman. Brandon Allen, Anatole Abang, Stefano Bonomo, Fredrik Gulbrandsen and others have attempted to be that bench option but none have shown the consistency to last longer than a season or two.
“We are really excited to have added Mathias to our team. He fits the profile of a Red Bull player and person that we look for,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas. “As a striker, Mathias gives us another dynamic option up the field with his speed, clever movements, and willingness to run behind defenses. In addition to his talent though, we love his attitude, humbleness, and his desire to work for the team.”
For country, Jørgensen has seen time with both Denmark’s U-18 and U-19 squads. He made his first appearance for the U-18 team on Nov. 9, 2017 against the Czech Republic U-18s in an international friendly. Jørgensen then made his debut for the U-19 side on March 25, 2018 against Germany’s U-19s. In total, he has appeared in five matches with 260 minutes played for Denmark.
“I’m so much looking forward to being a part of the New York Red Bulls,” said Jørgensen. “I will do whatever it takes to achieve success together with my new teammates.”
Jorgensen will also be needed for depth as the team has a condensed schedule in 2019 as well as additional competitions in the Concacaf Champions League and US Open Cup.