HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls signed U.S. men’s national team Under-20 midfielder and New Jersey native Daniel Edelman to a two-year MLS Homegrown contract with an option for 2024 and 2025, the MLS club announced Friday.
Edelman, who signed with NYRBII in 2020, finished his second professional season with Red Bulls II this year.
“We are delighted to promote Daniel to the first team,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Daniel is a young prospect that we saw great things at Red Bulls II and can’t wait to see his continual development with our club.”
Edelman, 18, wrapped up his first full season with Red Bulls II, appearing in 30 games with 28 starts and 2,486 minutes. The Warren, N.J. native recorded one goal, one assist and 35 key passes while leading the team in interceptions (54), tackles (87), tackles won (59), duels won (182) and passes (1,350).
“Daniel is a top prospect at the midfield position,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “He is an aggressive central defensive midfielder that can do well in our system. His ability to defend and get forward are key attributes for his position.”
The 5-9, 150-lb. Edelman earned his first callup to the U-20 USMNT squad. He recorded one start and two appearances overall with 104 minutes played in the 2021 Revelations Cup. Edelman also competed with the U-16 squad in 2019, making five appearances.