17-year-old Caden Clark won’t be forgetting October 10, 2020, anytime soon. It all started off in the morning, where he finalized his transfer to New York Red Bulls from Minnesota United FC in exchange for $75,000 in General Allocation Money.
His dream day got even better when the well-renowned head of sport said in a press release, “Caden is a promising young player, and everyone at the club is excited about his growth and the qualities he’s shown during his first professional season. He’s earned an opportunity to move up to the first team, and we look forward to his continued growth and development as a player and person.”
The young Caden Clark was then informed that he would be named in the starting 11 for his new team in Saturday night’s match against Atlanta United.
It took the 17-year-old forward “5-10 minutes to get into the groove of what the MLS is all about,” according to his new head coach Bradley Carnell. Once Clark settled into the game however, he started making passes and plays and his confidence grew.
In the 47th minute of the game, Clark’s day got even better when he scored the winning goal on his debut to win the game for the New York Red Bulls. He scored a well-taken volley past Atlanta’s and USMNT veteran goalkeeper Brad Guzan.
“I didn’t believe it and I still don’t believe it,” Clark admitted. “It’s just really exciting for me. It hasn’t hit me yet, but I’m sure it will soon. But, you know, it’s just, it’s great for this team to get this win, and that is the most important part.”