Former Red Bull Zach Carroll Signs with Orlando City B

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by ANTHONY J. MERCED

Former New York Red Bulls and New York Red Bull II defender Zach Carroll will remain in the USL as he has signed with Orlando City B.

“Zach joins us off the back of an outstanding rookie season with New York Red Bull II,” said OCB Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “He’s a great defender and we’re thrilled to have secured him.”

Carroll was an All-League selection in 2016 and is considered one of the top prospects in the competition.

Carroll started the 2016 season as a New York Red Bull but was cut early in the campaign. His persistence showing up to training landed him a spot on New York Red Bull II where he played 28 games at center back. His work alongside Aaron Long and Tim Schmoll helped New York to a record breaking season defensively as the side only surrendered 21 goals on their way to a USL Championship.

Conversely Orlando City B was on the bottom half of the Conference defensively and desperately needed reinforcements heading into 2017. Aside from Carroll, the team also added Scott Thomsen and Fernando Timbo. Both players have lower division experience with the Richmond Kickers and Ottawa Fury respectively.

The move to not re-sign Zach Carroll is an interesting one. Much like Aaron Long, Carroll was outstanding defensively in 2016. Combined with the unclear situation about Aurelien Collin’s contract in 2017 and the departure of Ronald Zubar, it seemed like a player of Carroll’s status would have a home in the Red Bull organization.

However, the Red Bulls didn’t rate Carroll, who was cut by the team only to return the next week, asking Red Bull management to allow him to train with the senior team, gratis. That move allowed him enough time to impress John Wolyniec and join the RBII side for the remainder of the year.