HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls signed German midfielder Marc Rzatkowski to a Major League Soccer contract using Targeted Allocation Money, the club announced Thursday.

Rzatkowski signed on a free transfer after spending 2018 with New York on loan from Red Bull Salzburg.

“We are pleased to complete this signing and bring Marc back to New York,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “Marc played an important role for us last year and we expect those contributions to continue in 2019.”

Rzatkowski, 28, played various roles across the Red Bulls midfield throughout last season. The Bochum, Germany native, started 16 of the 24 matches he appeared in during league play and recorded two goals and seven assists in 1,497 minutes. He had his best offensive game July 14 when he tallied back-to-back goals during a seven-minute span (72′, 79′) to lift the Red Bulls past Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Red Bull Arena.

“Marc showed his value and quality throughout last year, and we’re happy to have him back on a permanent basis,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said. “Marc adds experience, intelligence, and a competitive edge that is needed in our squad. He also has integrated so well with everyone and fits in perfectly with our culture and the way we work.”

Across all competitions, the 5-7 Rzatkowski finished tied for seventh on the team in goals (three) and fourth in assists (eight) in 2,562 minutes over 32 matches. He also recorded one game-winning goal and one game-winning assist. In his professional career in Europe and the United States, Rzatkowski has recorded for 34 goals and 48 assists.

Rzatkowski spent two seasons with Red Bull Salzburg and four years with FC St. Pauli. He began his career in the academy of hometown club VfL Bochum before signing his first professional contract in 2009.