From his youth playing days through college and into the pros, Connor Lade has played much of his soccer in the New York Metropolitan Area.
The New York Red Bulls defender is now putting an end to his playing days has he has announced his retirement following his eighth professional season.
“It was my goal to start and finish my career with this club and I feel very fortunate to do so,” said Lade. “From the three supporters shields to the numerous lifelong friendships I will always be indebted to the club that has given me so much.”
The relationship between the Red Bulls and the Morristown, N.J.-native began in 2007 when Lade joined the Red Bulls Academy during his senior year of high school. He would go only to play for four years at St. John’s University.
After college, he was signed as New York fifth-ever Homegrown Player in 2011 and had an immediate impact during his 2012 rookie season. During his first year, he made 26 appearances with 22 starts playing more than 2,000 minutes.
During his career, Lade amassed 116 starts and 153 games played, which includes 10,456 minutes played, across all competitions over eight seasons as a Red Bull. He recorded five goals and nine assists during his tenure with New York, including his first career Major League Soccer goal against Orlando City SC on July 13, 2016. Lade is the club’s all-time leader in homegrown appearances.
The Red Bulls said they team will have a post-match retirement ceremony after the 2020 MLS home opener to honor Lade.