New York Red Bulls: Caden Clark providing an instant impact

New York Red Bulls. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
New York Red Bulls. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports /

The New York Red Bulls recent arrival is off to a fantastic start in MLS

Caden Clark has taken MLS by storm in his first two appearances for the New York Red Bulls. The 17-year-old American has scored in both of his appearances and they have resulted in the Red Bulls picking up four points from two matches. Both of the goals he’s scored have been fantastic strikes and are worthy of high praise.

Instant impact on New York Red Bulls

It’s been a tough season for the Red Bulls. The club parted ways with manager Chris Armas in September as they struggled to produce consistent performances that resulted in points. Since Armas’ departure, the Red Bulls have been able to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, they have still been missing a spark that lifts the club to new levels. That was until Clark made the move to the first team in October. Clark has provided a instant impact for the Red Bulls and has provided a spark with two electrifying goals.

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The first goal Clark scored came against Atlanta United on the road. A well-placed volley found its way into the back of the net. His goal proved to be the difference in that match as the Red Bulls went on to win 1-0. To score such a high-class goal on his MLS debut was a special moment for the club and Clark.

Fast forward to Wednesday and Clark was once again making an impact. This time he entered as a substitute in the 59th minute of the match. Clark went on to score in the 77th minute with a top-class finish from outside the penalty area. In the end, his goal proved to be crucial as the Red Bulls drew with Eastern Conference leaders Toronto FC 1-1 to earn a point.

From USL to MLS

Clark was producing impressive performances for the Red Bulls II in USL before making the jump to MLS. He registered three goals and five assists in 12 appearances. At 17 he was already making a name for himself in the second tier of U.S. soccer which has led to his recent success in MLS. Clark appears to be the real deal when it comes to being a future top player for the Red Bulls. They made the right move by introducing him to the first team this sesaon.

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According to, there is a clause in Clark’s contract that could see him land at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga. If this comes to fruition then Clark appears to be designed to follow in the footsteps of former Red Bulls star Tyler Adams who currently plays for Leipzig. This clause shows the amount of talent and value the club sees in him. He might just be the next big star to come out of MLS.