Ben Mines, at 17 years and 301 days, was the fifth youngest player scoring while making his MLS debut. (Keith Furman/ Photo) 

When Red Bulls Homegrown Player Ben Mines made his professional debut in the 4-0 win over the Portland Timbers Saturday, he established himself among the youngest to make their mark on MLS history.

Mines was the fifth-youngest player in MetroStars/Red Bulls history to start a match, and then when he scored after just 18 minutes, he became the third-youngest in club history to score a goal.

On a league level, Mines became the 15th-youngest player to score in the league’s 23 seasons. Among players making their full debut, Mines was the fifth-youngest of all-time – the second-youngest making his first professional start.

Jack McBean is the youngest player in MLS history to score when playing his professional game as part of the first XI, when he hit the back of the net Oct. 23, 2011 vs. the Houston Dynamo.

Jesus Ferreira 16 years, 161 days 6/3/2017, DAL v RSL
Diego Fagundez 16 years, 173 days 8/6/2011, NE v CHV
Jack McBean * 16 years, 312 days 10/23/2011, LA @ HOU
Fuad Ibrahim 16 years, 332 days 7/12/2008, TOR @ CHI
Ben Mines * 17 years, 301 days 3/10/2018, NYR v POR
* — starter


  • Credit: Elias Sports Bureau

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at