After making appearances over the past two seasons for the Red Bulls II, Mines has had a breakout year that saw the young midfielder’s vision and creativity come to the fore in one of the best attacks in the league. In addition to adding to his goal tally in the USL, Mines also made a splash in his debut for the Red Bulls in Major League Soccer, scoring on his debut in a 4-0 victory against the Portland Timbers.
Mines’ ability to pick out a telling pass has been evident in most of his appearances this season, even if it hasn’t always been rewarded with a commensurate number of assists this year. Mines’ 22 chances created in 14 appearances have seen him created almost three chances per 90 minutes this season. He has also done stellar work to win possession back as part of New York’s pressing style, winning 11 of 14 tackles and the majority of duels this season even as he grows into his frame.
The next step for Mines is going to be upping his overall accuracy with the ball at his feet, but the Red Bulls believe there’s a very bright future ahead of the Connecticut native.
Red Bulls II Head Coach John Wolyniec on Ben Mines:
"Ben [Mines] is a great example of what our USL team means to this club and how we get to use it with Ben being able to play in the USL Championship (2016) and then signing a professional contract. He’s a guy that fits our style. He’s able to run, has a lot of pace, really aggressive with his movements, and his against the ball play. He’s shown what he can do at the USL level and already shown that he can have an impact at the MLS level. What he needs to do is just clean up his game a little bit more in certain areas and continue to work hard."