HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls Monday signed Venezuelan midfielder Wikelman Carmona to an MLS contract pending receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate, the club announced.
Carmona will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster.
“Wikelman is an exciting young player,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Our scouting department identified Wikelman through the South American U-17 Championships. He’s a versatile offensive midfielder with sound technical abilities and a creative mind. We look forward to his continued development within our environment.”
Carmona, 17, represented the Venezuelan Under-17 national team at the South American Championships in 2019. He appeared in three matches for country and recorded a goal in 43 minutes. He helped Venezuela to a 1-1-2 record.
The 5-6, 159-lb. Carmona will join the team from Dynamo FC Margarita Academy, a Youth Academy in Nueva Esparta, Venezuela.
“I’m happy to welcome Wikelman to our club,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “He is a very interesting young player, and our goal is to help him improve, continue to develop, and learn our style of football.”