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Red Bulls take Monmouth's Clark as first pick of MLS supplemental

Ryan Clark can play left back or left midfield.
Ryan Clark can play left back or left midfield.
Photo courtesy of Monmouth SID
The Red Bulls selected Monmouth University midfielder Ryan Clark as the very first pick of the Major League Soccer supplemental draft on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryan, who turned 22 on Dec. 22, performed at left midfielder for the Hawks last season and can play at left back as well.

“Getting picked today by New York was my first choice. It’s where I really wanted to go,” Clark said. “They’ve made a lot of changes over the past year, and I think the team will be very good this year. I’m really excited to be a part of it. I want to thank coach [Robert] McCourt, Hugh MacDonald and Evan Unger for all they’ve done for me. I feel they’ve turned Monmouth into an elite program that every year is competing at the highest level. It’s humbling to be included in the group of players drafted recently – RJ Allen, Ryan Kinne, Bryan Meredith, Hugh MacDonald and Tom Gray. I’m happy and proud to be where I am today and I’m humbled to be a part of that elite class.”

A four-year starter at Monmouth, the 5-10, 170-lb. Clark was an All-Northeast Conference selection from 2009-2012 and was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-North Atlantic Region first team pick in 2009 and 2011. He also was the men's player of the year in 2009.

Ryan, who calls Freehold, N.J. home, scored 15 goals and assisted on 25 others in 79 starts over 80 games at Monmouth.

He attended Freehold Township H.S. and was a first team all-state choice.

His club team was the Match Fit Chelsea Academy side.

“This is wonderful news for Ryan,” McCourt said. “He has handled himself like a young professional in his four years here at Monmouth. We are excited that he was drafted by RBNY. Selfishly it makes it easier for us to see matches and watch him further his career. Ryan has been the epitome of the term ‘student-athlete.’ He graduated a semester early with a 3.8 GPA. He has been a role model for his teammates on and off the field.”
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