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HARRISON, N.J. (August 25, 2021) – The New York Red Bulls signed Long Island native and defender Sean Nealis to a new MLS contract, the club announced today. Nealis has signed a new three-year MLS contract with an option for an additional year.

“We are pleased to lock down Sean with the club for multiple years,” Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell said. “He has been a strong option for the club since we drafted him in 2019 and hope to see him continue to strengthen our backline for years to come.”

Nealis, who was drafted in 2019 in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft, has become a mainstay on the Red Bulls backline. The Long Island defender has started and played 13 of the 19 of matches this season, logging 1,080 minutes and anchoring a New York backline to five clean sheets. Nealis has helped the Red Bulls defense to a 1.00 goals-against average when he starts and plays the full 90 minutes in 2021.

“I am happy to see Sean stay in New York,” said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “He has been a very stable defender for us since Aaron Long went down and his consistent play has only strengthened my trust in him.”

Prior to 2021, Nealis combined for eight starts in 15 MLS matches during the 2019 and 2020 season. In his first two seasons in MLS play as a starter, he helped New York to a 3-3-2 mark with a 1.375 goals-against average. Nealis also made 20 starts in USL during the 2019 season, tallying 85 clearances and scoring three goals.

Transaction: New York Red Bulls signed Long Island native and defender Sean Nealis to a new MLS contract. Nealis has signed a new three-year MLS contract with an option for an additional year

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