Kassel Headed To New York

Kassel Headed To New York

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 6, 2011
  • Home Grown Talent, Matt Kassel

For the last couple weeks there had been a thought that Maryland midfielder Matt Kassel would just stick it out and return to school for his senior season instead of going pro. The club who held his rights, New York didn’t seem to be all that eager in making him a Home Grown player on their roster. But all of that is about to change.

Steve Goff is reporting that Kassel will sign a Home Grown contract with the Red Bulls. The quote below from Maryland head coach Sacho Cirovski indicate he’ll join the Red Bulls.

“He’s planning to sign unless there’s a last-minute snag,” said Cirovski, who has already seen junior goalkeeper Zac MacMath enter the draft and sophomore defender Ethan White sign a homegrown deal with D.C. United. “With Matt, I’m happy we had him for three years. He was a great player for us. After every year, there was a possibility he was going to leave. This is the right time.”

Kassel is now exempt from the SuperDraft next week as well. New York gets a kid that will likely have plenty of time to develop in a fairly crowded midfield.