A USL 20 Under 20 selection for a second consecutive year, Hassan Ndam has continued to shine for the Red Bulls II this season in once again racking up more than 2,000 minutes of action while surpassing the 50-appearance mark for the club. Ndam has the physical presence at 6-foot-4 to match up to most forwards in the league and has helped him achieve a success rate in aerial duals (67.2 percent) that this season sits just below those of experienced veterans that have previously earned USL All-League honors.
Ndam’s success rate in aerials is far above that he achieved in the 2017 season, and he’s also shown a marked improvement in regular duels where he now clocks in at a 61 percent rate, up double-digits from a season ago. Ndam also leads the team in blocked shots with 16 and clearances with 93. He’s also shown more adventure and consistency in his passing with 10 chances created this season in comparison to only three a year ago and a passing accuracy rate of 74.4 percent.
Viewed among the club’s followers as likely the next big thing being groomed for the Red Bulls’ squad, Ndam’s 2018 season offers no hint that his progression has plateaued, and this offseason could be a big one for the big center back.
Red Bulls II Head Coach John Wolyniec on Hassan Ndam:
"It’s been an interesting process with Hassan. Obviously, this is the second year having him, he’s made a lot of strides. It’s a hard position to play with us – center back – in our system, and he’s shown that he can handle it. He’s impressed us at the USL level, he continues to get better, he’s better on the ball than people think. He continues to improve on his defensive play and his awareness, another guy that got an MLS game and did really well with it. He was able to compete with guys like David Villa, so he has a lot of tools that give him a high ceiling, and we’ll continue to work with him to keep pushing him towards the next level."