Rece Buckmaster has made 17 appearances for the New York Red Bulls II in the USL Championship this season. | Photo courtesy Rich Graessle / New York Red Bulls II
HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls announced on Saturday the signing of Rece Buckmaster to an MLS contract. Buckmaster was added to the MLS roster after spending the opening half of his rookie season in the USL Championship with the New York Red Bulls II.
Buckmaster has made 17 appearances, including 15 starts, for NYRB II after signing with the team in February. In June, Buckmaster was loaned to the Red Bulls and started against the New England Revolution in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
“We liked Rece when we drafted him and thought he had a future with the first team,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “A great deal of credit goes to John Wolyniec and the entire USL staff for helping Rece continue to develop and improve every day. We have seen time and again their ability to work with young players and get them ready for MLS. Rece has earned this opportunity and we know he will be ready when called upon."
Buckmaster, a native of Auburn, Indiana, was drafted in the second round (32nd overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. The defender played four years at Indiana University, where he appeared in 82 matches and helped Indiana to back-to-back National Championship appearances.
“Rece played well in the Open Cup and has impressed us in training, so we’re pleased to officially add him to the First Team,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas. “Rece will have an opportunity to compete for minutes and we know he will continue to work hard and grow as a player. We have a lot of confidence in all of our USL players and it is always a proud day for our club when we can promote someone to the First Team.”
Buckmaster joins NYRB II alums Aaron Long, Florian Valot, Vincent Bezecourt, Tom Barlow and Brian White on the Red Bulls’ MLS roster.
“I’m very excited to sign a First Team contract,” said Buckmaster. “it was my dream ever since I could walk to play professional soccer and with New York Red Bulls II it came true by getting drafted, playing a half season with them and now moving to the first team. I am at a loss for words honestly, but I am ready to help the team in any way I can.”