CHATHAM, NJ - John Tolkin of Chatham has signed a contract with Red Bulls New York, making him the 22nd homegrown player to come out of the Red Bulls Academy.

"I'm very excited to sign my first pro contract," Tolkin said . "Every academy kid dreams of this, and I'm happy it's here now. I'm ready to work hard and do everything for the club, I love the club and I can't wait to get started."

Tolkin, 17, scored 15 goals in 79 appearances since joining the Red Bulls Academy in 2015. The defender has also made eight appearances with the US Under-17 National Team.