The New York Red Bulls announced today they have signed defender Rece Buckmaster to a MLS contract. This is the first signing for RBNY in the summer transfer window.
From Indiana to the Metro
Buckmaster, an Indiana native, played four years at the University of Indiana. He made back-to-back National Championship appearances as part of a college career spanning 82 appearances. The Red Bulls selected Buckmaster in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. Since then, he has impressed on the field and the training ground. He made fifteen starts in seventeen appearances for New York Red Bulls II this season. Buckmaster was loaned to the first team in June, and started against the New England Revolution in the Open Cup.
Sporting Director Denis Hamlett praised Buckmaster’s talent. “We liked Rece when we drafted him and thought he had a future with the first team,” he said in a club statment. “Rece has earned this opportunity and we know he will be ready when called upon.”
A Familiar Development
The Red Bulls enjoy a strong development path through their USL side. Aaron Long, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, Tom Barlow and Brian White all spent time with NYRBII, just to name a few. For homegrown and drafted players alike, the opportunity to prove themselves in the Red Bulls system often means time with USL.
The Red Bulls back line has been challenged this season. The addition of Buckmaster could prove to be effective depth. “Rece will have an opportunity to compete for minutes and we know he will continue to work hard and grow as a player,” said manager Chris Armas.
Buckmaster himself expressed his excitement in a statement. “[I]t was my dream ever since I could walk to play professional soccer and with NYRBII it came true by getting drafted, playing a half season with them and now moving to the First Team. ” He will be available for selection at today’s match against Toronto FC.