Caden Clark transferred to RB Leipzig from New York Red Bulls

Lizzy Becherano
Caden Clark is set for a move to Europe
Caden Clark is set for a move to Europe / Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images

New York Red Bulls player Caden Clark has been transferred to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, but will remain in the United States for the remainder of the 2021 Major League Soccer season. 

The Red Bulls announced their plans for the 18-year-old midfielder on Thursday after his successful start to this year’s MLS campaign. Clark will remain part of the global Red Bull soccer network as the two clubs are linked by the same ownership group. Clark joins former RBNY coach Jesse Marsch at Leipzig as he enters his first season after leading Red Bull Salzburg. 

“Everyone at the club is very excited for Caden to take the next step in his professional journey,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a release. “From the time Caden joined us, I think we all recognized that if he continued to work hard and take advantage of his opportunities, Caden had the potential to move to Europe. We’re delighted to have played a role and helped him make the jump to a top-five league like the Bundesliga."

In only 15 overall MLS regular season games, Clark has recorded six goals and two assists. This season, he leads the team with four goals. During the 2020 MLS playoffs, Clark became the youngest player to scoren - at 17 years and 178 days old - since Jozy Altifore set the standard in 2006 at 16 years and 357 days old. 

“Caden is a big talent and we are happy to see him take the next step in his career,” head coach Gerhard Struber said in a release. “He is a hard-working kid and has a bright future ahead of himself.”

The young midfielder released a statement on his departure, thanking teammates and staff before expressing his excitement at traveling overseas to one of Europe’s most distinguished leagues. 

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that the New York Red Bulls have given me,” Clark said in the release. “Being able to not only develop but play significant minutes at USL and MLS here has truly helped me grow professionally. I will continue to do what I can to help this team win its first MLS Cup.”