Patrick Seagrist, who was the New York Red Bulls’ first draft pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, signed his first MLS contract days before the team takes the field to inaugurate their 25th season.
For the Marquette graduate, the last months have been filled with learning experiences, but experienced defenders such as Tim Parker have made themselves present in every step of the way.
“Obviously he came in hungry,” said Parker. “As a draft pick, it’s a nerve-wracking time when you try to make that jump, so it’s exciting to see that he’s kind of taking it by the horns. He’s an aggressive player, and we need to keep bringing that out of him because that’s what we need in our style. We’re happy that he signed. We’re happy to have him, and we’re expecting big things coming up.”
Seagrist, who throughout the preseason found himself in the same flank as Kaku, looks forward to being important in both the offensive and defensive end.
“I feel very comfortable being aggressive, that’s how I was in college,” said Seagrist. “Just being able to be on the front foot defensively and offensively. Being able to use my speed and being able to connect with others, within the backline.”
The left-back appreciates all the support he has received from his teammates.
“The veterans have been very supportive and have also helped me grow in the best possible way,” he said. “Just being able to come to training each and every day, learn from what they’re telling me is something that I’ll apply in my game.”
There was a point when Parker went through the same process as Seagrist and understands how important his pointers to Seagrist can be as the season gets going.
“Very important, I had those guys when I was younger coming through the ranks like that,” said Parker. “So it’s important that I can be that kind of support system, and the mentor that I was able to receive.”