Bermuda int’l Lewis elated to join New York Red Bulls

Bermuda international Zeiko Lewis (#10), shown playing for Boston College against UMass-Lowell on October 25, 2016, was taken in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls on January 13, 2017. (Photo courtesy of Boston College Athletics)

LOS ANGELES – Bermuda international Zeiko Lewis is poised to make the leap from college soccer in the United States to Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League football.

On Friday, the 21-year-old Boston College standout was drafted by the New York Red Bulls with the 17th pick of the first round, meaning his competitive debut could come as early as February 22 in a 2016/17 SCCL quarterfinal, first-leg encounter against the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps.

Lewis couldn’t be happier with his career path.

“It is a wonderful feeling to be drafted with an MLS team,” he said. “It shows that all the hard work that I have put in is certainly paying off. The New York Red Bulls is a wonderful organization and I am pleased to be part of it and I am looking forward to playing professional football and doing well.”

At Boston College, Lewis made 73 appearances, scoring 18 goals and registering 26 assists. The midfielder, who can also operate as a forward, earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team honors in 2016 and was a three-time second team member. He was also named 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year.

With Bermuda, Lewis has participated in two World Cup Qualifying cycles, netting one goal in five games (scored in the 29th minute of a 5-0 win at the Bahamas on March 25, 2015).

He’s already waiting in great anticipation to facing the Red Bulls’ local rival, New York City FC.

“I like derbies,” finished Lewis. “I look forward to playing in the New York Derby with New York City FC. I am sure it will be an electric atmosphere with an intense spirit and performance on the pitch. So this is something I am eagerly looking towards.”