The Red Bulls have signed Red Bulls II forward Jake LaCava to a one-year MLS contract with option years in 2023, 2024 and 2025, the club announced Thursday.
LaCava will spend the 2022 season on loan with USL Championship side Tampa Bay Rowdies.
“We are pleased to promote Jake to the first team,” Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “We think he has a strong future with us, but want to see him continue to get minutes and grow professionally. We wish him the best of luck with Tampa for the 2022 season.
LaCava, 21, began his professional career with Red Bulls II, playing there the last two seasons. The New Milford, Conn. native made 45 appearances and recorded 11 goals and seven assists. He finishedsecond for the club in assists in 2021 with three and third in goals scored with six. The forward is one of seven players in Red Bulls II history to appear in 30 matches.
“I’m pleased to see Jake promoted to the first team,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “We were happy to see his progression with Red Bulls II and want to see him continue to get meaningful minutes. We wish him the best in Tampa this season.”
The 6-1, 175-lb. LaCava played for Red Bulls Academy in the 2019-2020 season, scoring once in eight matches. He also had a stint at Los Angeles Galaxy Academy in 2018. He started his academy career with Barca Residency Academy (Ariz.), as he appeared in 35 matches and recorded 14 goals. LaCava was featured with the U.S. Under-16 and U-18 national teams.