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New York Red Bulls sign 17-year-old midfielder Wikelman Carmona

May 8, 2019; Harrison, NJ, USA; General view of the New York Red Bulls logo on the wall prior to the game between the New York Red Bulls and the Montreal Impact at Red Bull Arena. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Red Bulls added some fresh legs Monday, signing 17-year-old Venezuelan midfielder Wikelman Carmona.

The youngster first gained attention at the South American U-17 championships in 2019 when he had a goal in 43 minutes over three games.

Carmona is a product of the Dynamo FC Margarita Academy in Nueva Esparta, Venezuela.

“I’m happy to welcome Wikelman to our club,” Red Bulls head coach Gerhard Struber said in a release. “He is a very interesting young player, and our goal is to help him improve, continue to develop, and learn our style of football.”

Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Wikelman is an exciting young player. … He’s a versatile offensive midfielder with sound technical abilities and a creative mind. We look forward to his continued development within our environment.”

The Red Bulls came in sixth in MLS’ Eastern Conference last season at 9-9-5 (32 points, 1.39 points per game), then lost 3-2 to the eventual champion Columbus Crew in the first round of the playoffs.

–Field Level Media