Frankie Amaya

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Frankie Amaya
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Amaya with FC Cincinnati in 2019
Personal information
Full name Franuel Amaya[1]
Date of birth (2000-09-26) September 26, 2000 (age 22)
Place of birth Santa Ana, California, United States
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 8
Youth career
2014–2017 Pateadores
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018 UCLA Bruins 14 (2)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2021 FC Cincinnati 40 (1)
2019Orange County SC (loan) 2 (0)
2021– New York Red Bulls 46 (2)
National team
2018–2019 United States U20 9 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 9, 2022

Franuel "Frankie" Amaya (born September 26, 2000) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls. Born in Santa Ana, California, Amaya played with youth club Pateadores before playing college soccer for the UCLA Bruins. Following his freshman season with the Bruins, Amaya was selected with the first overall pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by expansion club FC Cincinnati.

After playing with FC Cincinnati for two seasons, Amaya was traded to the New York Red Bulls.


Youth and college[edit]

Amaya played club soccer for Pateadores SC in Orange County, California. With the club, he helped the team win the region's West Conference and was named the West Conference Best XI. Ahead of the 2018 NCAA Division I men's soccer season, Amaya was listed as a four-star recruit by, and ranked number six overall in the IMG Academy Top 150 for his graduating class. Amaya was also listed by TDS has the number one club player in Southern California, and the number four midfielder nationally.

During the 2018 season, Amaya, made 14 appearances with UCLA, 10 of which were starts. Amaya made his college soccer debut on August 24, 2018 against Coastal Carolina. With UCLA, Amaya scored twice, with his first goal coming on September 22, 2018 against UC Santa Barbara in a 1–3 loss. Amaya tallied two assists on the season with his first coming on August 28, 2018 against UC San Diego, and his second coming on October 13, 2018 against San Diego State. Amaya did not appear for any more matches with UCLA after October 28, as he joined the U.S. under 20s for the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship.

At the conclusion of the 2018 Pac-12 Conference men's soccer season, Amaya was honored with Freshman All-American, First Team All-Pac-12, and Second Team All-Far West Region honors.

FC Cincinnati[edit]

On January 4, 2019, Amaya signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer forgoing his final three years of college eligibility.[3] On January 11, 2019, he was drafted first overall in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft by FC Cincinnati.[4][5][6]

On July 16, 2020, Amaya scored his first professional goal for FC Cincinnati in the group stage of the MLS is Back Tournament against Atlanta United, in which was the only goal of the game, a 1–0 win for FC Cincinnati.[7]

New York Red Bulls[edit]

On April 9, 2021, Amaya was rumored to be traded from FC Cincinnati to the New York Red Bulls.[8] The trade, which was officially confirmed on April 20, was in exchange for $950,000 in general allocation money, with an additional $125,000 of potential allocation money depending on performance incentives.[9] On April 25, 2021, Amaya made his first appearance for New York in a 3–2 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy.[10] On May 8, 2021, he scored his first goal for New York in a 2–0 victory over Toronto FC.[11]

International career[edit]

Amaya with the U.S. men's U-20 team in 2019

Amaya made his debut with the United States national under-20 team on March 21, 2018 against France.[12] He was also named to the squad for the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship in November 2018.[13]

On November 30, 2020, Amaya was called up by the United States national team for a friendly against El Salvador.[14] On December 1, he was removed from the squad after contracting COVID-19 and was replaced by Andres Perea.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Born in the United States to Mexican parents, Amaya holds a U.S. and Mexican citizenship.[6]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played October 15, 2022[16]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
FC Cincinnati 2019 MLS 19 0 2 0 21 0
2020 MLS 21 1 21 1
Total 40 1 2 0 42 1
Orange County SC (loan) 2019 USL 2 0 2 0
New York Red Bulls 2021 MLS 22 1 22 1
2022 MLS 24 1 5 0 1[a] 0 30 1
Total 46 2 5 0 0 0 1 0 52 2
Career total 88 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 96 3
  1. ^ Appearance(s) in MLS Cup Playoffs


United States U20


  1. ^ "National team roster, 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup: USA" (PDF). CONCACAF. June 18, 2021. pp. 1–2. Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  2. ^ "Frankie Amaya". New York Red Bulls. Retrieved 22 August 2022.
  3. ^ Danneman, Joe (January 11, 2019). "FC Cincinnati selects Frankie Amaya with top pick". WXIX-TV. Gray Television. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ Carlisle, Jeff (January 11, 2019). "FC Cincinnati selects UCLA's Frankie Amaya with top pick in MLS SuperDraft". ESPN. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Creditor, Avi (January 11, 2019). "UCLA's Frankie Amaya Goes No. 1 to FC Cincinnati in 2019 MLS SuperDraft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Scoby, Ashley. "MLS SuperDraft: FC Cincinnati selects Frankie Amaya No. 1 overall". Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  7. ^ Bogert, Tom. "Atlanta United 0, FC Cincinnati 1 – MLS is Back Tournament Match Recap". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  8. ^ Brennan, Pat (April 9, 2021). "Sources: FC Cincinnati trades Frankie Amaya to New York Red Bulls". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  9. ^ Bogert, Tom (April 20, 2021). "Official: New York Red Bulls acquire Frankie Amaya from FC Cincinnati". Major League Soccer. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  10. ^ Liljenwall, Ari (April 25, 2021). "Recap: LA Galaxy 3, New York Red Bulls 2". Major League Soccer.
  11. ^ "New York Red Bulls scoot to 2-0 win over Toronto FC". ESPN. May 8, 2021. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  12. ^ "U.S. Soccer YNT on Twitter: He just received his first U-20 #USMNT cap. Say hello to @Pateadores_ midfielder Frankie Amaya, and learn how futsal and the @ussoccer_acad has helped him succeed". Twitter. U.S. Soccer. March 22, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "U-20 Mnt Head Coach Tab Ramos Names 20-player Roster for 2018 Concacaf Under-20 Championship". U.S. Soccer. October 22, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  14. ^ "Berhalter Calls 22 Players ahead of USA-El Salvador on Dec. 9 at Inter Miami FC Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale". U.S. Soccer. November 30, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  15. ^ "Andres Perea to Replace Frankie Amaya on USMNT Training Camp Roster for USA-El Salvador Due to Positive Covid-19 Test". U.S. Soccer. December 1, 2020. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  16. ^ Frankie Amaya at Soccerway. Retrieved January 3, 2021.

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