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MLS NEXT Apr 20, 2023

New York Red Bulls tab 16-year-old USYNT defender Davi Alexandre as next Homegrown

HARRISON, N.J. – Red Bulls Academy product and U.S. Youth National Team roster pool member Davi Alexandre has been tabbed as the next Homegrown player developed by the Red Bulls organization.

The talented defender has signed an MLS NEXT Pro contract with Red Bulls II for the 2023 season, and he is slated to join the first team on an MLS contract next season as a Homegrown through the 2026 MLS season, with an option for 2027.

“Davi’s development and comfortability as a defender has made him one of the top players in our Academy and we are excited to take this next step with him,” Sporting Director Denis Hamlett said. “He has great potential, and we know that he will take advantage of this opportunity.”

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Alexandre has been with Red Bulls Academy for years now, having featured in the U-14, U-15 and U-17 squads. He has also competed in multiple competitions for the Academy, including the MLS NEXT and GA Cups. The 16-year-old made his professional debut with New York Red Bulls II on August 3, 2022, becoming the fourth-youngest player to appear in a match in club history. He played in six matches, started three, and logged 285 minutes during the 2022 season.

“Having Davi feature in the team last season was really important for us, and we are glad to have him signed,” head coach Ibrahim Sekagya said. “His presence on the back line at such a young age is admirable and we will promote his development as best as we can.”

The defender was recently called up to the U.S. Under-16 Men’s Youth National Team training camp this past January in Tampa, Florida. That was Alexandre’s second international call-up, having participated in the team’s camp in Chula Vista, California in August of 2022.

TRANSACTION: New York Red Bulls II Sign Academy Product Davi Alexandre to an MLS NEXT Pro Contract with Path to Sign First Team Contract as a Homegrown in 2024 on April 20, 2023.