Sear Nealis is trading in his Hofstra blue and gold for the red and white of the New York Red Bulls.
The Massapequa native was selected by the Major League Soccer side in the second round of the league’s Super Draft. He was the first choice in the second round, 25th overall.
The 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and a First Team All-CAA selection, Nealis is the third Hofstra Men’s Soccer student-athlete to be chosen in the MLS Draft, joining Gary Flood (2007) and Joseph Holland (2017).
He anchored a back line that helped the Pride to 11 shutouts during the 2018 season, including a program-record eight-match shutout streak midway through the season. Nealis also contributed on the offensive end with two goals and three assists for seven points.
A United Soccer Coaches All-Atlantic Region team selection and a United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-American, he was also a Scholar All-East Region pick in 2018 in addition to being an All-ECAC selection.
During his four years with the Pride, Nealis started 69 of 72 games and recorded four goals and three assists for 11 points.
Other Red Bulls Draft Picks
In addition to Nealis, New York made three other selection in the 2019 Super Draft.
With the 16th overall pick, the Red Bulls selected UC Davis defender Roy Boateng. New York acquired the pick in a trade with FC Cincinnati. In the deal, the Red Bulls traded $100,000 in General Allocation funds for Cincinnati’s pick in the First Round (No. 16) and the first pick in the second round (No. 25).
Also in the First Round, New York selected Fordham forward Janos Loebe as the 22nd overall selection. The Red Bulls would close out its draft by selecting UC Davis defender Roy Boateng with the 32nd pick, which was acquired from Chicago Fire for a player to be named later.