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New York Red Bulls sign Omir Fernandez to Homegrown contract

Omir Fernandez is the 21st player to sign a Homegrown contract with the New York Red Bulls. (Photo courtesy New York Red Bulls)

Omir Fernandez is the newest Homegrown player signed by the New York Red Bulls, the club announced Saturday.

The 19-year-old Bronx, New York native is the 21st Homegrown signing in club history and the 23rd academy product to sign with the first team.

“On behalf of everyone at the organization, I’d like to welcome Omir to the First Team,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “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. He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to his continued growth as a professional. This is a proud moment for Omir, his family, and Red Bulls academy.”

The attacking midfielder spent the last two years at Wake Forest University and earned his first U.S. U-20 call-up this winter. He had team highs in goals (12) and assists (6) for the Demon Deacons this season, starting 20 of the club’s 21 games.

Fernandez, who was also called into the U.S. U-18 squad during his time with the Red Bulls’ U-16 squad, had 20 goals in 24 matches in the US Soccer Development Academy. He had 42 goals in 56 games with the academy.

“We have followed Omir closely and are pleased to add him to the first team,” Red Bulls coach Chris Armas said of Fernandez, who is training with the first team at IMG Academy in Bradenton. “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.”

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