The Red Bulls have signed Stanford University forward and Chatham, N.J. native Zach Ryan to an MLS Homegrown deal, the club announced Thursday.

Ryan agreed to a one-year deal with option years in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

“We are pleased to add Zach to our group of Homegrowns,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “He has seized his opportunities at both the academy and collegiate level. We hope to see him continue to raise his level with us.”

The 22-year-old Ryan, was a four-year letterman at Stanford, where he made 73 appearances, including 67 starts. He recorded 31 goals and 13 assists and helped the Cardinal become PAC-12 Champions in 2018 and 2020. He captained Stanford the team in his senior year and was named to the All-PAC 12 first team, second team All-Region and CoSIDA Academic-All American first team.

He also was named All-PAC 12 player of the year and earned All-PAC 12 first team, United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region first team, and All-America first team honors in 2020. During his freshmen and sophomore years, he earned All-PAC 12 Second Team (2018) and All-PAC 12 Honorable Mention (2019).

“Zach has been playing at a top level at Stanford,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “His ability to score at the academy and collegiate level has been impressive. We hope to see him build upon those successes in preseason and gain good experience with us and Red Bulls II.”

Ryan played for Red Bulls Academy from 2013-17. In his final two years with the Academy, he scored 20 goals in 38 appearances. The 6-foot, 175-lb. forward helped Red Bulls Academy teams win three Northeast Division championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

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