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NY Red Bulls acquire Amro Tarek from Orlando City, lose Hassan Ndam in expansion draft

Columbus Crew SC forward Gyasi Zardes (11) heads the ball next to New York Red Bulls defender Hassan Ndam (47) at MAPFRE Stadium. (Greg Bartram/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Red Bulls said goodbye to a young promising defender and hello to an established MLS starter on Tuesday as Hassan Ndam, a 20-year-old Cameroonian youth international, was selected by FC Cincinnati in the 2018 MLS Expansion Draft, while the club acquired Amro Tarek in a trade with Orlando City SC.

Ndam was picked in the fifth, and final, round of the expansion draft and the Red Bulls receive $45,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) as a result of having a player selected.

Ndam went the full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Columbus Crew SC on June 9 in his MLS appearance.

The raw 6-foot-4, 195-pound centerback showed flashes of what could lie ahead, in a strong performance against David Villa and New York City FC in a 4-0 win in the U.S. Open Cup.

Ndam spent the majority of his time with Red Bulls II, starting 29 games and leading his team in clearances (127) and aerial duels won (111).

“On behalf of the club, I’d like to thank Hassan for his contributions and hard work,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in the next step of his career.”

The Red Bulls essentially replaced Ndam with Tarek, a 26-year-old Egyptian international. The 6-foot-3, 194-pound Tarek started 19 of the 20 games he appeared in in his only season with Orlando City SC after arriving on a one-year lone from Wadi Degla FC.

The Lions declined their option to buy and shipped him to New York as part of their massive roster reconstruction and receive a fourth round 2019 MLS SuperDraft selection in exchange.

“We are pleased to add Amro to our club,” Hamlett said. “He is a versatile defender with experience both in MLS and abroad, and he has qualities that we like. We look forward to Amro joining us for preseason camp and seeing how he fits with our team.”

Tarek will likely be needed centerback depth, with the Red Bulls declining the contract option on veteran Aurelien Collin and ending the loan of Panamanian international Fidel Escobar, while Tommy Redding is out of contract.

The Red Bulls protected the rights of Tim Parker, who along with MLS Defender of the Year Aaron Long, formed arguably the best central defense pairing in the league this season. The club announced on Monday they extended a Bona Fide contact offer to Parker.

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