United Soccer League club Miami FC announced the signing of former New York Red Bull defender Eric Brunner on Tuesday morning.
The signing ends a surprising turn of events that saw Brunner, the 16th player chosen in January’s MLS Draft, waived and offered a Developmental Contract by the Red Bulls in order for the Red Bulls to make room for Andrew Boyens. Brunner turned down the developmental contract offer to pursue other options. He will now join a Miami FC squad that is off to a rough start in USL.
"Eric is definitely a quality player that will help strengthen this team," Miami FC coach Zinho said in a statement released by the club.
"We’re excited by the opportunity Miami FC has provided for Eric to begin his first professional campaign," said Leo Cullen, Brunner’s agent. "As proven by his recent call up to the Olympic team, Eric has a fantastic career ahead of him, and the games he’ll compete in for Miami this summer will further his development and experience."
Brunner is in France with the U.S. Under-23 national team, playing in the Toulon International Tournament. He started in today’s match against Turkey, scoring the U.S. team’s first goal.
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