Sept. 11, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. - Current New York Red Bulls rookie and former St. John's men's soccer standout Connor Lade checks in at No. 17 in the MLSSoccer.com "24 Under 24" countdown, the league's third annual ranking of the top 24 players under age 24.
"We are very proud of what Connor has been able to accomplish already as a rookie with the Red Bulls," said St. John's head coach Dr. Dave Masur. "He has done a remarkable job of transitioning from a great college player into a regular starter and a consistent performer for one of the top teams in the MLS."
Lade has appeared in 20 games this season, including 17 starts, for the second place Red Bulls (13-7-7). The rookie, who has started in 12 of the last 13 games and has played the full 90 minutes in all 17 starts, has tallied three assists and ranks seventh on the team with 1,609 minutes played.
Signed by the Red Bulls in December as a Home Grown player, Lade found himself on the 18-man roster for the season-opener at Dallas (March 11). After making his MLS debut six games into the season with a 31-minute appearance off the bench against San Jose (April 14), Lade earned his first-career start in the very next game at DC (April 22). Lade then made his second-straight start and notched his first-career assist in the following game against New England (April 28), just his third professional game. The rookie also notched two assists, his first-career multi-point game, in a win against Philadelphia (July 21).
A two-time NSCAA All-Region honoree and a two-time All-BIG EAST selection, Lade started 86 of a possible 87 games in his career and twice played every minute of a season to lead the team in minutes played. The Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the 2011 BIG EAST Tournament, the defender led St. John's to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a pair of BIG EAST Tournament titles, one NCAA College Cup and one BIG EAST regular season championship.