Red Bulls Sign Goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo
HARRISON, NJ (Jan. 25, 2012) – The New York Red Bulls announced today that the club has signed goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo. The 25-year-old spent 2011 with Finnish side AC Oulu after a standout career at Syracuse University. Vuolo will be added to the team’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate. Per league rules, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The Downingtown, PA native began his professional career in 2011 with then Finnish First Division (Ykkönen) side, AC Oulu. Vuolo played in 24 matches for the club, earning 11 clean sheets while helping the team to a third place finish.
“After doing extensive scouting, we believe that Jeremy has a very bright future ahead of him and can compete at the MLS level,” said Red Bulls General Manager and Sporting Director Erik Soler. “He had a very good year playing professionally in Finland and brings many great attributes to the table. We expect that he will compete for a starting spot this year.”
At the collegiate level, Vuolu spent his senior season of at Syracuse University after three successful years at Hartwick College. As a senior in 2010 for Syracuse, Vuolo started 15 games and was named as a finalist for the LOWE’s Senior Class Award for the nation’s most outstanding student-athlete. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player after ranking fourth in the Big East Conference in saves and saves per game.
Vuolo spent his first three college seasons at Hartwick College, starting 53 of a possible 55 matches. As a junior in 2009, he had a breakout season in which he compiled a 10-4-4 record and a 0.84 goals against average with seven shutouts. His excellent play in 2009 earned him the All-Mid American Goalkeeper of the Year award as well as First Team All-MAC honors, and he was named the team’s Most Valuable Player.
Before college, Vuolo was a standout at Downingtown West High School while also appearing at the club level for FC Delco, Spirit United Club and the Reading Rage of the PDL.
Day of Birth: Sept. 5, 1987 in Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Previous Professional Club: AC Oulu (Finland First Division - Ykkönen)
College: Syracuse University/Hartwick College
How Acquired: Signed on Jan. 25, 2012