Ben Mines will get a second life with FC Cincy.

CINCINNATI – FC Cincinnati selected former Red Bulls midfielder-forward Ben Mines with the first selection of the MLS end-of-year waivers draft Wednesday afternoon.

The club possesses the winger’s MLS rights and can initiate contract negotiations. Should FC Cincinnati come to an agreement with Mines, he will be added to FC Cincinnati’s roster as a Homegrown Player.

A Red Bull Academy product, the 20-year-old Mines has made a combined 57 appearances, including 20 starts, while scoring five goals and adding six assists for the Red Bulls and Red Bulls II since 2016. The Ridgefield, Conn., native made five appearances, including one start, scoring a goal and adding an assist in MLS regular-season matches this season.

The selection order for the waiver draft was determined by the reverse order of the final standings in the 2020 MLS season, taking into account postseason performance. FC Cincinnati received the first pick, while the 2020 MLS Cup champions Columbus Crew SC had the 26th pick, and expansion club Austin FC had the 27th selection to end each round.