The New York Red Bulls selected Leo Stolz, as I previously reported, with the 18th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft in what was seen as a selection that was risky because Stolz has not signed a contract with MLS. The German midfielder had expressed no interest in playing in MLS next season and was rumored to be considering contract offers to play in his native country.
The Red Bulls Sporting Director spoke with MLSSoccer.com and called Stolz the "most pro-ready player in this draft" and new Head Coach Jesse Marsch said in that same article to the league site that Stolz "reached out to them". Marsch continued by saying that Stolz "wanted to play in New York, this is the place he wanted to be".
This news will relieve some of the fears and concerns that the Red Bulls fans have voiced on social media that Stolz would end up not playing here and going to play in Germany. The club certainly seems confident that they will get Stolz signed, and if that is accurate and they can agree to terms, then the Red Bulls were able to get a top five player at the 18th slot in the draft.
Leo Stolz will provide some excellent depth at midfield for the club over the long term as well. Head Coach Marsch commented that the club "expect him to contribute this year". This is some welcome good news for the Red Bulls who have been mired in a negative news cycle with the firing of Mike Petke still stinging the fan base.
Please keep checking Once A Metro for the latest on the SuperDraft.