HARRISON, N.J. – Red Bulls II signed defender Lucas Stauffer to a United Soccer League contract, the club announced Wednesday.

Stauffer, a four-year standout at Creighton University, made 86 appearances while scoring nine goals and registering 12 assists throughout in college.

He was chosen 26th overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

“Being able to sign my first professional contract with a club with such rich history is honestly a dream come true,” Stauffer said. “It’s a blessing that both staffs of the first and second team were willing to have me in and give me a shot. I had a fantastic meeting with the club at the 2018 MLS Combine and knew that the style of play suited my mentality and strengths. It’s a real honor to be a New York Red Bull player and can’t wait to prove to the club and fans what I can do.”

In 2017, the Owensboro, Ken. native was named to the All-Big East first team for the second consecutiveyear, as well as the United Soccer Coaches All-Great Lakes Region second team. The 5-6 fullback, who has also played in midfield, also was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 2014.

“We’re excited to have Lucas join us,” Red Bulls head coach John Wolyniec said. “We value his skillset at both outside back spots after seeing him at the combine and are anxious to add him to an already competitive group.”