HARRISON, N.J – The Red Bulls Thursday acquired Long Island right back Dylan Nealis from Nashville SC in exchange for $125,000 in General Allocation Money.
The MLS club could send an additional $75,000 in GAM to Nashville SC if specific performance conditions are reached.
Dylan joins brother and center back Sean Nealis on the squad. Both players hail from Massapequa, N.Y.
“We are pleased to add Sean’s brother Dylan to our roster,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Since Dylan has been drafted into the league, he has gained experience at the professional level. We hope to see him continue to grow and help build upon our defensive success from last season.”
Super excited to be joining @NewYorkRedBulls Can’t wait to get to work! https://t.co/lKBibYoqx2
— Dylan Nealis (@dylan_nealis) December 16, 2021
Nealis, 23, has spent the last two seasons in MLS, first with Inter Miami CF then with Nashville SC. Since being drafted third overall in 2020 MLS SuperDraft, he has tallied 12 starts and 23 total appearances over 1,252 minutes.
“I am pleased to see the addition of Dylan to our team,” head coach Gerhard Struber said. “His ability to get forward into the attack and create for his team will be helpful. He also understands the defensive side, takes pride in his defending and shutting down attacking players.”
Nealis captained Georgetown University for two years. He led the Hoyas to the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s title, defeating the University of Virginia in the final. He appeared in 78 games, starting 76, and registering seven goals and 14 assists.
The 5-11, 174-lb. Nealis was named a MAC Hermann Trophy finalist for the 2019 season, won the Big East defensive player of the year, and was named to the All-Big East First Team and the United Soccer Coaches All-America first team. He was also named Big East defensive player of the year and All-Big East First Team for in 2018.