The New York Red Bulls have signed Academy product and midfielder Omir Fernandez to a Homegrown Contract. Fernandez played with the Red Bulls Academy before spending the last two seasons at Wake Forest.
“Omir is a talented young player that has proven he can excel with the academy, in the college game and with U.S. Youth National Teams,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued growth as a professional.”
Fernandez earned his first call-up for the U.S. Men’s Youth National Team U-20s following his sophomore season at Wake Forest. After a strong freshman year, the Bronx native started 20 of the team’s 21 matches with career bests in goals (12) and assists (6) in 2018. In two seasons for Wake Forest, Fernandez recorded 18 goals and 11 assists, including six game-winning goals, in 44 matches.
Prior to his U-20 call-up, Fernandez was called into the U-18 MNT during his time with the Red Bulls U-16 team, where he tallied 20 goals in 24 US Soccer Development Academy matches. In two seasons with Red Bulls Academy before heading to Wake Forest, he recorded 42 goals in 56 games.
“We have followed Omir closely and are pleased to add him to the First Team,” said Chris Armas, Red Bulls Head Coach. “He is a talented player and also a humble person with high character. He understands our style of play and also attacks with creativity and intelligence.”
Fernandez, 19, is currently with the Red Bulls for preseason camp at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. He becomes the 21st Homegrown signing in club history, and the 23rd Red Bulls Academy product to sign with the First Team. In 2018, Red Bulls Academy products accounted for more than 11,000 minutes.