The Red Bulls added their second Homegrown player in a week as they signed midfielder Ben Mines to a Major League Soccer contract Monday.
Mines, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, joined the Red Bulls Academy as an Under-14 player, and is the seventh Homegrown signing on the roster.
Last Wednesday the Red Bulls signed defender Kevin Politz.
Monday, however, was Mines’ day in the spotlight as he became the 19th Homegrown player signed by the Red Bulls.
“We are excited to welcome Ben,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “We have had the opportunity to have Ben around our professional teams for USL games and trainings. There is a lot of familiarity on both sides and we are glad to add another talent from the Red Bulls Academy to our professional team. This is an exciting day for the club, Ben, and his family.”
Mines made USL appearances as an amateur in both 2016 and 2017. He made his NYRB II debut in August 2016, and made five appearances during the second half of the season. He returned next year, making 11 appearances and scoring two goals, including an insurance goal in a United Soccer League playoff win at Charleston.
“Ben is a good young man and a player with a lot of qualities that we like,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said in a press release. “We’re pleased to welcome him to the professional ranks and look forward to his development as he trains and plays with us every day.”
Through the first half of the 2017-18 academy season Mines made 11 appearances for the U18-19 team and recorded seven goals and eight assists while also playing for NYRB II. Mines won the Golden Boot at the 2017 USDA Generation adidas Cup, when the Red Bulls finished third in the Champions Division.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Mines said. “I’ve been playing here for four years. I love this club and it’s a dream come true for me. I just want to keep developing as a player and potentially make my debut for the first team, and give my all to the club.”