HARRISON, N.J. – It’s official.
The Red Bulls have acquired midfielder Frankie Amaya from FC Cincinnati and signed him to a new Major League Soccer contract, the club announced Tuesday.
Amaya signed a new three-year contract that will go into effect for 2022, with club options for one additional season.
The Red Bulls traded $950K in General Allocation Money to Cincinnati, $500K in 2021 and $450K in 2022, with up to an additional $125K in allocation money should certain performance metrics be achieved. Amaya, 20, was the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
“We are very pleased to complete this deal and add Frankie to our team on a new multi-year contract,” Red Bulls Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Frankie is a player that we’ve watched closely, and we are confident that his skills and attributes are a good fit for our philosophy and style of play. We look forward to getting him into our environment and achieving success together in the years ahead.”
Amaya started 22 of FC Cincinnati’s 24 matches in 2020, recording one goal in 1,798 minutes. The Santa Ana, Calif. native played in 43 matches and registered 3,157 minutes across all competitions at Cincy.
“I’m very happy that we have added Frankie to our team,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “His technical skills and ability with the ball will give us more control and more options in transition and in the final third. The task for us as a coaching staff will be to integrate him quickly and immerse him in our tactics and game plan.”
The 5-5, 144-lb. Amaya was a key figure in the U.S. Under-20 men’s national team, which captured the 2018 Concacaf Championship. He started in five of the eight matches, included the final as an attacking midfielder for 64 minutes in the 2-0 victory over Mexico. He has accrued 11 caps for the U.S. Youth National team with 537 minutes played.
At UCLA< Amaya recorded 10 starts with two goals and two assists. He was named a freshman All-American, first team All-Pac-12, and second team All-Far West Region and was the first UCLA freshman to earn first team all-league status since 2015. Following a strong freshman campaign, Amaya signed a Generation Adidas contract Jan. 4, 2019, making him eligible for the SuperDraft.