HARRISON, N.J. – For the second time on game day Saturday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of another NYRBII player.
This time it was goalkeeper A.J. Marcucci, who agreed to an MLS contract. Marcucci is signed through the end of this season with three option years.
Earlier in the day, the Red Bulls signed forward Omar Sowe to an MLS contract. They host D.C. United Saturday night.
“It is a pleasure adding A.J. to our first team roster,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “A.J. has worked extremely hard to where he has got to in his career, beginning at the NCAA Division III level, and we hope to see him continue to grow at the next level.”
Marcucci, 22, has split goalkeeping duties at the USL Championship level with Luca Lewis during the 2021 campaign. He has recorded a team-high 26 saves.
“We are happy to have A.J. join our first team goalkeeper group,” head coach Gerhard Struber said. “A.J. has progressed well with Red Bulls II and hopefully this next step in his career will push him to new heights.”
The 6-3, 170-lb. Marcucci was a three-year starter at Connecticut College. He appeared in 54 matches and allowed 27 goals. The West Chester, Pa. native holds the school record for 25 career clean sheets. He was named to the NCAA All-America first team by United Soccer Coaches. Marcucci also was named 2017 NESCAC rookie of the year and 2018 NESCAC player of the year.