Red Bulls Sign Felipe to New Deal


Red Bulls logoHARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls have agreed to terms on a new contract with Brazilian midfielder Felipe Martins, the club announced Thursday, the second member of its regular starting 11 to re-sign with the club in as many days.

The disclosure comes a day after the club said it had reached a new pact with goalkeeper Luis Robles, who holds the Major League Soccer record for most consecutive league appearances with 157 heading into Wednesday’s clash against New England.

Martins, 26, has played in 83 of 84 league matches – with eight goals — since joining the Red Bulls in a trade from Montreal before the 2015 season that sent Eric Alexander and Ambroise Oyongo to the Impact. Martins began his MLS career with Montreal in 2012, where he played under Red Bulls Coach Jesse Marsch.

“Felipe has proved to be a key player for our club over the past two and a half seasons,” Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett in a news release. “He continues to grow as a player and we are excited to keep him as part of our team.”

The announcement also comes a day after Martins converted the winning penalty to give the Red Bulls a 5-3 victory after a 1-1 draw in extra time against the Philadelphia Union in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a win that sends New York to a quarterfinal meeting with New England on July 13.

Martins began his professional career as an 18-year-old in Italy with Padova – the team where former Red Bulls (MetroStars) defender and general manager Alexi Lalas also played — before moving to Switzerland where he played with three different clubs.

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