HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls Friday signed Red Bulls Academy product and defender Kyle Duncan to a Major League Soccer contract.

Duncan joined the Red Bulls for preseason camp after spending two years in France with FC Valenciennes.

“Kyle has earned this contract with his attitude and work ethic in preseason,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “We are pleased to add another talented young player from our academy into the professional fold.”

Duncan, who graduated from the team’s Academy system, signed his first professional contract with Valenciennes U-19, a Ligue 2 French club. The New York City native also has played for the United States at the Under-18 and U-20 levels.

“Kyle impressed us with the way he came into preseason,” Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said. “Our academy continues to produce quality players and it’s a proud day for everyone involved whenever we add one of those players to our professional ranks.”

The Red Bulls host the Portland Timbers Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.