Politz Inks Deal with New York Red Bulls
Jan. 3, 2018

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

HARRISON, N.J. – Wake Forest senior captain Kevin Politz signed a homegrown contract with the New York Redbulls, the organizaton announced on Wednesday afternoon.

A four-year-starter at center back, Politz started 71 games and helped Wake Forest post more than 40 shutouts. He was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, anchoring a back line which totaled 13 shutouts and allowed just 13 goals in 23 games. He also scored the game-winning goal against then-No. 12 Providence.

"I am really excited to continue my soccer career with the New York Red Bulls," Politz said. "I have been a part of their academy for many years now and to sign a homegrown contract is truly a blessing. I cannot thank my Wake Forest coaching staff, trainers and teammates enough for everything they have done for me over the past four years preparing me for this opportunity. I will always cherish the memories I have made at Wake Forest."

In addition to his on-field success, Politz was equally accomplished off the pitch. He was named the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year as the top student-athlete in Division I, and was a first team Scholar All-American by United Soccer Coaches. Politz earned a 3.94 GPA as a mathematical business major and computer science minor.

"Kevin has been a pro's pro both on and off the field, and is a shining example of what we want our Wake Forest student-athletes to be like," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "He has been one of the top defenders in college soccer the last four years and we can't wait to watch him compete at the next level."

Politz becomes the seventh Deacon to join the MLS ranks in three years under Muuss, joining Brandon Servania earlier Wednesday, as well as fellow homegrown signee Ian Harkes and draft picks Jack Harrison, Jacori Hayes, Alec Ferrell and Michael Gamble.

 

 

“We are really excited to add on another quality Homegrown player to our squad,” New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch said in a release. “Kevin has had a great career at Wake Forest both on and off the field, and we are excited for him to continue his career with us.”

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