Caden Clark’s First MLS Season

Caden & Kyle

On October 10th, 2020, Caden Clark made his MLS debut against Atlanta United FC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and what was evident from the moment he took the plane to Atlanta was that the 17-year-old midfielder was ready for his moment. 

The starting XI for that game included: Ryan Meara; Kyle Duncan, Tim Parker, Amro Tarek, Jason Pendant; Sean Davis, Marc Rzatkowski; Danny Royer, Clark; Tom Barlow and Samuel Tetteh. 

After a scoreless draw in the first 45 minutes, Clark bagged his first career goal in his first career MLS start. He became the fifth youngest player in MLS history to score on his MLS debut, and also became the third-youngest goal scorer in franchise history at 17 years, 143 days, behind Eddie Gaven (16 years, 253 days) and Jozy Altidore (16 years, 314 days). 

Just days later against Toronto FC, Clark came off the bench to score a golazo to leave things 1-1 in Connecticut. With his left-footed golazo, Clark became the youngest player in league history to score in his first two career appearances. 

The Medina, Minnesota native went on to play 356 minutes last season, including a start in the playoffs against the Columbus Crew SC. Clark scored the Red Bulls’ first goal of two at MAPFRE Stadium, becoming the youngest player (17 years, 178 days) to score in the MLS Cup Playoffs since Jozy Altidore (16 years, 357 days). 

Before joining RBNY, Clark made 12 appearances for Red Bulls II, tallying three goals and five assists.