Ives Galarcep has already reported the New York Red Bulls have signed four graduates from their academy to Homegrown Player contracts, but we have yet to receive official word from the club on any of the signings. Indeed, RBNY's official response to Once A Metro's request for confirmation of Galarcep's report was brief and dismissive:
As always, we will not comment on rumors.
Fair enough, RBNY. But Galarcep was not spreading idle gossip - these rumors have been gathering momentum for a while:
Wiese on Muyl: "He'll have a hard decision…RedBull are working hard to try to get him excited about leaving school" https://t.co/uOIlRhybCJ— Charles Boehm (@cboehm) December 18, 2015
Now the Washington Post's Steven Goff offers confirmation on one of the signings mentioned in the Galarcep report:
Georgetown junior forward Alex Muyl signed homegrown deal with @NewYorkRedBulls today, Hoyas Coach Brian Wiese says— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) December 19, 2015
Nothing is ever official until the club issues the necessary statement. But Galarcep did not reveal his source, while Goff has found someone who seems likely to have knowledge of the situation to go on the record: this "rumor" increasingly feels like fact.
Pencil in Alex Muyl to RBNY's 2016 roster, and wait for news of Mael Corboz, Derrick Etienne, and Brandon Allen.