The New York Red Bulls have signed Clemson product, Manolo Sanchez, to an MLS contract. The 79th pick in the MLS Superdraft, Sanchez went unnoticed until he scored the only goal in a preseason match against Oklahoma City Energy in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic.
The midfielder started in left mid during the match and did well to latch onto a Bradley Wright-Phillips cross to find the back of the net. Sanchez could provide depth on a roster that does not have
many any natural left midfielders, but will most likely be used to round out the NYRB II squad.
A Philly native, Sanchez only started in 5 games out of his 22 appearances for Clemson in 2014. The Tigers went 12-7-3 in the ACC, making it to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Sanchez scored three goals, while operating primarily as a creator with his team high six assists. He has a total of 10 goals and 15 assists in his 65 appearances for Clemson.
"He's a big, strong guy that runs well and puts himself in good positions," said Jesse Marsch. "He has demonstrated that he is physically and mentally able to play the way we want to play."
The terms of the deal were not disclosed, as per league rules.