Photo courtesy Ben Solomon / New York Red Bulls II
HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls announced on Friday the club had signed New York Red Bulls II standout Vincent Bezecourt to an MLS contract. Bezecourt was part of the Red Bulls II side that claimed the 2016 USL Cup, and joins Aaron Long and Dan Metzger in making the move to the MLS squad.
"Vince has impressed us in games and in training over the last 18 months," said Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett. "We are pleased to add him to our MLS roster and proud that another player has moved through the developmental system to the first team."
Bezecourt, a native of Aire-sur-l'Adour, France, signed with Red Bulls II at the beginning of 2016 after two years of college soccer at St. Francis Brooklyn.
"Vince has earned this opportunity with his play in USL and his attitude towards working hard every day to improve his game," said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. "He shows qualities that we think will translate to the MLS level. This is a testament to Vince and to our organizations' player development system."
In 19 appearances this season, Bezecourt has contributed six goals and sits second in the league with eight assists. In 2016, he recorded six goals and two assists in 18 regular season appearances, as well as a goal and four assists during the playoffs en route to winning the USL Cup.
"It was a nice surprise, I'm very happy to be here," said Bezecourt. "When you are a USL player, you always look up at the big guys from the first team and you want to play with them, to train with them. I'm grateful for the opportunity and very thankful to all of the coaches from USL, the players and thankful for the trust from the coaching staff too."