NY Red Bulls sign Sam to contract extension, acquire Oyongo

Lloyd Sam had four goals and nine assists in 32 matches with the New York Red Bulls last season.  

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The New York Red Bulls have signed midfielder Lloyd Sam to a contract extension and have purchased the playing rights to defender Ambroise Oyongo on permanent basis.

The MLS team announced the moves on Friday without disclosing contract details.

Sam had four goals and nine assists in 32 matches. The Englishman scored two game-winning goals and added three game-winning assists, including a 90th-minute winner against D.C. United on Sept. in a 1-0 win. Sam started all five playoff games for New York and had an assist.

Oyongo, who was on loan from Rainbow FC Bamenda, made 13 appearances, including 11 starts and recorded three assists in his first full season in MLS. The defender also appeared in all five playoff games and recorded one assist.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Sounders have signed University of Washington forward Darwin Jones to a homegrown contract, the fifth in club history.

The Sounders announced the signing Friday. Jones was a two-time all-Pac-12 first-team selection in his two seasons playing for the Huskies. Jones, a native of Des Moines, Washington, played in 27 games for the Huskies in his two seasons and had 15 goals and nine assists. The 22-year-old is a former player in the Sounders youth academy.

Jones joins DeAndre Yedlin, Sean Okoli, Aaron Kovar and Victor Mansaray as homegrown signings by the Sounders. Yedlin is now playing for Tottenham in the Premier League.