New York Red Bulls have signed defender Aaron Long to a three year extension according to a NY Post report.
According to the report, the team used Targeted Allocation Money to make the deal possible for the United States international.
Long, 26, became a full time starter for the team in 2017 under former NYRB manager Jesse Marsch after an impressive season for NYRB II in 2016. That year, Long won USL Defender of the Year and helped NYRB II win USL Cup.
Long enjoyed a breakout season last year. He appeared in 38 games for the club, contributing with 3 goals and 2 assists and was also named MLS Defender of the Year.
He and partner Tim Parker who was also signed to a three year deal, cemented the New York Red Bulls’ back line and allowed a league low 33 goals against. The two of them are considered one of, if not the best center back pairings in MLS.
The reigning MLS defender of the year also earned his first cap for the USMNT back in October and captained the squad twice under new manager Greg Berhalter’s first two games back in January.
By locking up Long and Parker, NYRB has ensured that one of the major components of their historic season last year will be part of the team for the foreseeable future.
The Red Bulls officially announced the signing on their website.:
The New York Red Bulls have signed United States Men’s National Team defender Aaron Long to a multi-year MLS contract using Targeted Allocation Money, the club announced today.
“We are very excited to complete this signing and solidify Aaron’s future with our club,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “Aaron has been key to our success as a team the last two seasons, and his personal achievements and recognitions speak for themselves. This signing is great news for our club and is also a prime example of our philosophy on player development. Aaron has worked hard over the last three seasons with us, learning and developing into one of the brightest young American defenders. Our entire club is proud to share this moment with Aaron and his family.”
“Aaron has been a major part of our team’s success over the last two seasons,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas. “He solidified our back line in 2017 and helped us become the best defense in the league in 2018. Aaron has also grown into a leader within our group and has earned the respect of everyone here. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to continue working with him and watching him grow for our club and country.”
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