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November 26, 2012
Red Bulls sign Lade, Barklage to new contracts; Lade to train with Sevilla in Spain

Connor Lade will train in Spain for 10 days.
Connor Lade will train in Spain for 10 days.
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Last week Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said the team was in the process of signing defender-midfielders Connor Lade and Brandon Barklage to new Major League Soccer contracts.

On Monday, the team made it official and signed both players.

As per league and club regulations, specific terms were not disclosed on the new deals.

“Both of these players had very strong seasons for us and have bright futures ahead,” Roxburgh said in a statement. “We are very pleased to recognize their play by agreeing to new contracts with each of them and we look forward to their contributions in the coming years.”

The Red Bulls also announced that Lade, a former St. John's University standout, will train with Spanish La Liga club, Sevilla FC from Dec. 13-23.

“This is an excellent opportunity for a young player to train with an established European club like Sevilla,” Roxburgh said. “We hope that Connor benefits from this stint and are looking forward to have him back in preseason camp when it starts in January.”

Barklage, a midfielder when he joined the team, earned a spot on the Red Bulls’ roster last pre-season and was signed on March 5. Playing primarily as a right back after due to injuries to other players, Barklage enjoyed a breakout season, performing in 19 games, while making 16 starts. He recorded two goals and five assists, the latter tying for third on the team. Barklage was a member of D.C. United from 2009-2011 after he was drafted out of Saint Louis University.

Signed as the team’s fifth Home Grown Player on Dec. 5, 2011, Lade enjoyed a fine rookie season. He played in 26 games, which included 22 starts, and registered three assists. Lade, a Morristown, N.J. native, also started both two playoff games.
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