Rzatkowski Signs New Deal With New York Red Bulls

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Marc Rzatkowski. Photo: New York Red Bulls

Marc Rzatkowski will be back with the New York Red Bulls in 2019 as the German midfielder and the MLS side have agreed to a new contract.

“We are pleased to complete this signing and bring Marc back to New York,” said Denis Hamlett, Red Bulls Sporting Director. “Marc played an important role for us last year and we expect those contributions to continue in 2019.”

Rzatkowski joined New York in 2018 on loan from Austrian side RB Salzburg. The Red Bulls used Targeted Allocation Money for his contract.

During the 2018 season, Rzatkowski, 28, played different roles across the Red Bulls midfield. The Bochum, Germany, native started 16 of the 24 matches he appeared in during league play and tallied two goals and seven assists in 1,497 minutes.

The midfielder had his best offensive game on July 14 when he scored back-to-back goals in a seven-minute span to lift the Red Bulls past Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Red Bull Arena.

“Marc showed his value and quality throughout last year, and we’re happy to have him back on a permanent basis,” said Chris Armas, Red Bulls Head Coach. “Marc adds experience, intelligence, and a competitive edge that is needed in our squad. He also has integrated so well with everyone and fits in perfectly with our culture and the way we work.”

Across all competitions, Rzatkowski finished tied for seventh on the team in goals (3) and fourth in assists (8) in 2,562 minutes played over 32 matches. He also recorded one game-winning goal and one game-winning assist. In his professional career in both Europe and the United States, he has recorded for 34 goals and 48 assists.

Before joining the Red Bulls in January 2018, Rzatkowski spent two seasons with Red Bull Salzburg and four years with FC St. Pauli. He began his career in the academy of hometown club VfL Bochum before signing his first professional contract in 2009.