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Red Bulls sign Cameron Harper to multiyear deal

Harrison, New Jersey is a long way from Roseville, California and Scotland, where Cameron Harper made his professional debut, but it's where he'll be for the next three years. That's because the New York Red Bulls announced on Wednesday that they were signing Harper to a new Major League Soccer contract that will keep the midfielder at Red Bull Arena for at least the next three years, with an option for 2028.

Before he came to the Red Bulls in March 2021 as a 19-year-old, Harper spent two seasons with Celtic FC. While there, he primarily played for Celtic B but debuted for the first team on Jan. 11, 2021, playing 61 minutes in a Scottish Premiership match against Hibernians FC.

Since moving to Harrison, Harper has made 59 appearances over the course of four seasons dating back to 2021. During that time, he has scored four goals and registered four assists. Regarding discipline, the Californian has been shown 13 yellow cards and one red card, which resulted from a second Yellow. Harper's discipline has been slightly worse than fellow young Red Bulls midfielder Daniel Edelman. Edelman, a native of Warren, New Jersey, has recorded ten Yellow Cards and one Red Card across 43 appearances.

The man who has inked Cameron Harper to his first long-term contract is New York Red Bulls Head of Sport, Jochen Schneider, who had this to say about the new deal.

“We are excited to sign Cam to a long-term contract to keep him with the club. Cam has proven to be a great professional on and off the field and we are excited to have him with us.” - Red Bulls Head of Sport, Jochen Schneider

The 2023 season was a breakout campaign for Harper. As a 21-year-old, he set career-highs in games played (34), games started (24), minutes played (2,150), and shots (32). Furthermore, Harper appeared in 31 of 34 matches that the Red Bulls played in and registered two goals and two assists.

This season, the 22-year-old Harper has only come off the bench, making four appearances as a substitute for 97 minutes played. However, in the matches where Harper has played, the Red Bulls have a 3-0-1 record (three wins and one draw).

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