HARRISON, N.J. – Former Red Bull Academy midfielder Arziel Jackson will get an opportunity to play professionally, but not with the Red Bulls.
Minnesota United FC acquired the 19-year-old from the Red Bulls Friday for a third-pick pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft. The Red Bulls will receive a sell-on fee if Jackson is sold by Minnesota, and may receive additional allocation money if certain performance metrics are met.
Jackson signed a two-year contract with three club options as a Homegrown Player.
“He’s an exciting player when you see him,” MNUFC head coach Adrian Heath said. “He’s got an eye for a goal and I’m sure any of our first team defenders will tell you, he’s a bit of a nightmare to play against. He’s perpetual motion. He wants to run and so we are really pleased for him. He’s embraced the group and like our other homegrown players, he’s got the upside and the potential and now has the opportunity.”
the 5-9 Jackson is a product of the Red Bull Academy, which he joined in 2014 at age 13. Three years later, he moved to France with his family and played with Toulouse FC for two seasons. He was the first American signed by the team.
He played with amateur team Crossfire FC when he returned to the U.S. from 2019-2020 and trained with Seattle Sounders in 2020. Jackson joined the Minnesota United training camp prior to the 2021 season, and quickly impressed the coaching staff and teammates.