The Red Bulls have signed NYRBII forward and Harrison, N.J., native Omar Sowe to an MLS contract, the club announced Saturday. Sowe signed a year-and-a-half contract with two option years.
“We are pleased to promote Omar to the first team,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a statement. “Omar has been a rising talent since he joined the organization. We hope he continues to carry over his positive progression to the first team.”
Sowe, 20, leads Red Bull II in goals (6), shots (41), and chances created (25) in 21 appearances. His six goals and 25 chances created ranks 28th and 43rd, respectively, in the USL Championship. Sowe has tallied 15 goals and two assists in 41 appearances since being signed to Red Bulls II on Aug. 16, 2019.
“Omar has been playing at a top level with Red Bulls II,” head coach Gerhard Struber said. “His ability to score has been impressive and hopefully we can raise his level when he joins us.”
A native of Gambia, the 6-foot, 180-lb. Sowe was a member of the Red Bulls Under-18 academy team early in 2019. He appeared in 15 matches and recorded nine goals. Prior to joining the academy, Sowe tallied 89 goals and 67 assists for Harrison High School, setting offensive records for the storied program. He was a two-time NJSCAA All-State selection and earned Section 2 Player of the Year honors in 2018.