Player Details


Aaron Long




6' 1"


174 lbs

Date of Birth

10.12.1992 (31)


Oak Hills, CA, USA



Position Detail

Central Defender

Preferred Side




Roster Category

Career Summary


  • MLS Western Conference Champion (2023) 
  • CONCACAF Champions League runner-up (2023) 
  • CONCACAF Champions League Best XI (2023) 
  • NYRB team captain (2022) 
  • finalist, U.S.Soccer Male Player of the Year (2019)
  • MLS Supporters’ Shield winner (2018)
  • MLS Defender of the Year (2018)
  • USL Defender of the Year (2016)
  • most goals by a defender in New York Red Bulls history


  • avid coffee lover 
  • graduated from the University of California-Riverside, where he majored in Environmental Sciences
  • attended Serrano High School (Phelan, Calif.), where he played multiple sports
  • soccer idols growing up were Patrick Vieira and Carlos Bocanegra
  • converted from center midfielder to center back upon joining NY Red Bulls
  • Aaron and his wife, Elise, have two children (Kaia and Rome)
Scouting Report


2023 (Los Angeles Football Club):

  • made 21 regular-season appearances (17 starts), logging one assist in 1,518 minutes played
  • made his LAFC debut 3/4/23, replacing Giorgio Chiellini in the 80th minute of 3-2 home win over Portland
  • MLS Team of the Week (Week 19)
  • in all competitions, registered 36 appearances (29 starts), including 7 starts in CCL and 4 in MLS Cup playoffs 
  • named to CCL Team of the Matchday for quarterfinals Leg 2 vs.Vancouver and semifinals Leg 2 vs.Philadelphia
  • named to CCL Best XI 

2022 (New York Red Bulls): 

  • started 28 of 29 appearances, logging 2,370 minutes played 
  • scored four goals, setting a career high 
  • ranked third in MLS in goals scored by a defender in 2022 (4) 
  • made his 10th career appearance in an MLS Cup playoff game 
  • appeared in all five of NYRB's U.S.Open Cup matches in 2022, adding a goal (his 2nd US Open Cup goal) and two assists
  • made two appearances for United States National Team during CONCACAF World Cup qualifying (35 minutes played)

2021 (New York Red Bulls):

  • started all five matches he played
  • suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon that required season-ending surgery (5/17/21)

2020 (New York Red Bulls):

  • appeared in 16 matches (15 starts), scoring two goals in 1,330 minutes played 
  • made his 100th career MLS appearance 11/8/20 

2019 (New York Red Bulls):

  • started all 24 appearances with 2,115 minutes played
  • scored one goal; helped Red Bulls post six clean sheets
  • made four starts in CONCACAF Champions League 
  • signed three-year extension 2/19/19 

2018 (New York Red Bulls):

  • named to 2018 MLS All Star team; started the All Star game against Juventus 
  • named MLS Defender of the Year
  • started 31 of his 34 MLS appearances 
  • helped lead NYRB to Supporters’ Shield title
  • posted three goals and two assists
  • recorded first career MLS assist 7/1/18
  • helped NYRB post 14 clean sheets
  • started both legs of MLS Eastern Conference semifinal, posting an assist in Leg 2 vs.Columbus
  • started all six matches in CONCACAF Champions League, helping NYRB post three clean sheets
  • called into his first ever United States Mens National team camp in September for friendlies against Brazil and Mexico
  • earned first USMNT cap against Peru (10/17/18), playing all 90 minutes 

2017 (New York Red Bulls):

  • joined New York Red Bulls on 2-year deal 2/22/17 
  • started 30 of 31 appearances as a rookie
  • recorded one goal in 2,659 minutes played; led all NYRB defenders in minutes
  • helped NYRB post 10 regular-season clean sheets and two more in postseason
  • helped NYRB post two clean sheets in U.S.Open Cup 
  • started all three of his appearances in MLS Cup playoffs 
  • made MLS debut in season opener (3/5/17)
  • scored first MLS goal 9/2/17 vs.FC Dallas
  • started five U.S.Open Cup matches

2016 (New York Red Bulls II):

  • joined New York Red Bulls II as free agent 9/16/16 
  • started 19 of the 22 matches he appeared in, logging 1,517 minutes
  • scored two goals in five shots on target
  • loaned to Red Bulls senior squad 12/31/16
  • debuted with Red Bulls first team 8/16/16 in CONCACAF Champions League match vs. Alianza FC 

2015 (Seattle Sounders FC II):

  • signed by Seattle Sounders FC 2, 3/15/15
  • made 27 appearances (20 starts), scoring one goal in 2,188 minutes 

2014 (Portland Timbers, Sacramento FC [USL], Orange County Blues [USL]):

  • drafted 36th overall (2nd rd) by Portland Timbers in 2014 MLS SuperDraft
  • loaned to Sacramento Republic and Orange County Blues, logging two starts and five appearances (228 minutes)
  • signed with Seattle Sounders in July 2014, but did not appear for the first team 


  • started 5 of 6 appearances in 2019 Gold Cup (USMNT finished second)
  • has appeared in 28 matches with USMNT
  • scored three goals in 2,065 minutes played 
  • selected to wear the captain's armband twice 
  • called into his first United States Mens National team camp in Sept.2018
  • earned first career cap against Peru (10/17/18) 
  • captained USMNT five times in his career, USMNT went undefeated in those matches

COLLEGE (University of California-Riverside)

  • four-year starter in central midfield 2010-2013
  • started 65 of 70 appearances
  • scored 13 goals on 85 shots, adding five assists
  • named All-Big West as a senior (2nd team) and a junior (1st team)