Signing Day | Red Bulls Academy Players Announce College Commitments

HARRISON, N.J. (Feb. 4, 2015) – The New York Red Bulls are pleased to announce that the following Under-18 Red Bulls Academy players have officially signed the NCAA National Letter of Intent to attend the following Division I colleges.

Player Position Hometown High School College
Jerel Blades FWD Brooklyn, NY Elisabeth Irwin Penn
Marcello Borges DEF Kearny, NJ Kearny Michigan
Samad Bounthong MID Union City, NJ Union City NYU
Sam Carter MID Briarwood, NY NA Loyola
Malcolm Dixon FWD Glen Ridge, NJ Montclair Kimberley Academy Virginia
Kyle Duncan DEF Brooklyn, NY Medgar Evers Monmouth
Stephen Elias FWD Rye, NY Iona Prep NC State
Derrick Etienne MID Paterson, NJ K12 International Academy Virginia
Chris Flores M/F Great Neck, NY Great Neck South Northeastern
Nick Giordano GK East Northport NY Commack Loyola
Cameron Harr FWD Morris Plains, NJ   Seton Hall Prep Marist
Tomas Lapnas GK Pittstown, NJ Delaware Valley Regional George Mason
Ethan Lochner FWD New York, NY Stuyvesant Georgetown
Andrew Lombard DEF Montclair, NJ Montclair Northeastern
Breno Lustosa MID Kearny, NJ Kearny Stony Brook
Henry Martin DEF New York, NY Dalton Princeton
Matt McCarthy DEF Armonk, NY Byram Hills Cornell
Gideon Metrikin MID New York, NY Dalton Penn
Conrad Nowowiejski MID Hollis Hills, NY Archbishop Molloy Binghampton
Juan Sebastian Sanchez  FWD Ossining, NY Ossining Tulsa
Gabriel Viana DEF Lyndhurst, NJ Lyndhurst ASA Institute
Wes Wade FWD South Orange, NJ   Montclair Kimberley Academy Virginia
Kyle Zajec MID Westport, CT Staples Georgetown

"The New York Red Bulls Academy is very proud of each of our players who have committed to attend many fine institutions,” U-18 Red Bulls head coach Paul O’Donnell said. “We hope that the future carries much success and perhaps we will see several of these players adorn the Red Bulls jersey at Red Bull Arena for the first team in the future.”

The New York Red Bulls maintain one of the premier youth soccer development programs in the United States, committed to identifying and developing talent in the tri-state area. All five age groups, U-12s, 13s, 14s, 16s and 18s, are consistently ranked among the top programs in the nation, and Red Bulls players make regular appearances in U.S. Soccer Youth National Teams and NCAA Division I programs. For more information about Red Bulls academy and training programs, visit