Red Bulls Sign 2019 Draft Pick Buckmaster To MLS Contract

Buckmaster, Rece Buckmaster, New York Red Bulls
Rece Buckmaster. Photo: Brad Penner-USA Today Sports

The New York Red Bulls have signed Rece Buckmaster to an MLS contract, moving the 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick to the senior team from NYRB II where he spent half a season.

While playing for NYRB II, Buckmaster made 17 appearances with 15 starts. In June, he was loaned to the First Team and started against the New England Revolution in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

“We liked Rece when we drafted him and thought he had a future with the first team,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “A great deal of credit goes to John Wolyniec and the entire USL staff for helping Rece continue to develop and improve every day. We have seen time and again their ability to work with young players and get them ready for MLS. Rece has earned this opportunity and we know he will be ready when called upon.”

A native of Auburn, Ind., Buckmaster was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. A defender he played four years at Indiana University where he appeared in 82 matches and helped Indiana to back-to-back National Championship appearances.

“Rece played well in the Open Cup and has impressed us in training, so we’re pleased to officially add him to the First Team,” said Chris Armas, Red Bulls Head Coach. “He will have an opportunity to compete for minutes and we know he will continue to work hard and grow as a player.”

Buckmaster joins NYRB II alums Aaron Long, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, Tom Barlow and Brian White on the Red Bulls’ MLS roster.

“I’m very excited to sign a First Team contract,” said Buckmaster. “It was my dream ever since I could walk to play professional soccer and with New York Red Bulls II it came true by getting drafted, playing a half-season with them and now moving to the First Team. I am at a loss for words honestly, but I am ready to help the team in any way I can.”