HARRISON, N.J. – It’s official. Amando Moreno is back with the Red Bulls.
The team announced Wednesday that it had signed the forward and former Homegrown Player to an Major League Soccer contract.
A product of the Red Bulls Academy, Moreno was signed as one of the club’s first Homegrown Players in December 2012 before moving to Club Tijuana in Mexico.
“We are pleased to welcome Amando, one of our first Homegrown signings, back to the club,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “Amando is a good player that has quality experiences with youth national teams and at the club level. We look forward to having him as part of our team.”
The Perth Amboy, N.J. native spent four years in Mexico, appearing in 20 matches and registered three goals and one assist. He was loaned to Dorados de Sinaloa in July 2017, appearing in five matches and scoring once.
“We are glad to have Amando back with the organization,” head coach Jesse Marsch said. “Amando brings speed and good attacking qualities to our team. We look forward to getting him integrated in preseason and seeing how he fits within our group.”
The 22-year-old Moreno signed his first pro contract with the Red Bulls in 2013 and was part of the team that won the Supporters’ Shield. He made his MLS debut at San Jose March 10. Moreno earned a call up to a U.S. men’s national team camp in May 2016 under Jurgen Klinsmann, but has not appeared for the side
“I’m really happy that I am able to come back to my home team,” Moreno said. “I’m grateful to be able to play for the Red Bulls once again. I’ve always planned on coming back to play here and I’m happy that 2018 is the year I can.”
He worked his way through the Red Bulls Academy to the first team, starting as an Under-15, then at the U-16 and U-18 levels. He also represented the U.S. as a youth international.