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New York Red Bulls' academy alum Keith Cardona signs for NASL's Indy Eleven

Papa Red Bull appears to have released a young American goalkeeping prospect back into the wild.

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NASL's Indy Eleven has announced the signing of Keith Cardona, a 22-year-old goalkeeper who came through the New York Red Bulls academy.

Cardona is one of two 'keepers the team has signed to back up starter Kristian Nicht. The former RBNY academy player will compete for the primary reserve 'keeper spot with Jon Dawson, who was on Indy Eleven's roster last season.

The move to Indianapolis would appear to signal the end of Cardona's synergy-stint in Salzburg, where he had been contracted to FC Liefering, effectively Papa Red Bull's feeder club for Big Brother Salzburg. The move to Austria arrived last summer, after both he and Santiago Castano (currently RBNY's third-choice 'keeper in MLS and starter for RBNY II in USL) completed a midsummer not a trial maybe a trial trial. Castano returned home; Cardona did not.

But he wasn't getting much playing time in Austria. The former University of Maryland starter (until current US U-20 starter Zack Steffen arrived) and Red Bulls U-23s keeper will be doing well if he gets on the field for Indy: incumbent starter Nicht played every competitive minute possible for the Eleven last season.