NYRB II Signs Two Goalkeepers

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bull II goalkeeping mystery has been solved — both Rafael Diaz and Evan Louro on Wednesday signed USL contracts for the 2017 season. They played with the Major League Soccer team during preseason, but were cut early in March.

“Rafa has given a lot to this club over the last two years here at Red Bull,” Coach John Wolyniec said. “We’re happy to continue to have him around. He’s been great for our team, for our locker room. He continues to grow and we hope we continue to push him to become a better goalkeeper and to continue to take steps in his career.”

If Diaz’s situation seems confusing that’s because it is. The senior club signed Diaz to a contract in January, only to release him. He now joins Red Bull II and is expected to be the team’s starting goalkeeper because Ryan Meara is the backup for Luis Robles. Diaz, 25, has been with NYRB II since its inaugural season in 2015 and has made 10 appearances. Before his time in New York he played with Orlando City before they joined MLS.

Louro is a 2017 draft pick and Red Bull academy player who has played for Detroit City in the NPSL. He played in college for Michigan, appearing in 46 games with a 1.17 goals against average.

“Evan has been with our academy a long time, I got to work with him when he was a U14 with the club,” Wolyniec said. “Now, I have great the pleasure of working with him as a pro and I hope I can help him continue to improve and start off his career in the right way.”