The Red Bulls signed Chatham, N.J. native John Tolkin to a new MLS contract, the club announced on Wednesday.
Tolkin has signed a four-year MLS contract through 2027 with an option for an additional year in 2028.
“We are very excited to sign John to a new contract and keep him with the club,” Red Bulls head of sport Jochen Schneider said in a statement. “He had a very successful season, and we are pleased to have him on our team for years to come.”
Tolkin, 20, has become a mainstay at left back over the last two seasons. The homegrown defender started and played in 30 matches this season and set a career-high in assists (three). Tolkin leads MLS in interceptions (69).
“I am very excited to have John at the club,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a statement. “He is an extremely talented young defender that brings energy to our backline, and we are pleased to keep him with us.”
Tolkin was recently named No. 6 overall on the MLS 22 Under 22 list.
Last year Tolkin made 22 starts in 28 games played last season, while adding one goal scored and two assists tallied. Before signing his first contract in 2020, Tolkin spent five seasons with Red Bulls Academy, making 79 appearances and scoring 15 goals.