HOW ACQUIRED: Selected as the first pick of the second round (No. 25 overall) in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft; signed on February 17, 2019.
A tall, imposing center back, Nealis was one of seven players selected by the Red Bulls in the 2019 SuperDraft, and the first to sign a first-team contract. The New York native earned the opportunity with a strong preseason and is expected to be a reserve providing depth and squad competition in his rookie campaign. Older brother Jimmy was a 2013 SuperDraft pick of the Houston Dynamo (No. 37 overall) and played for the NASL's New York Cosmos before calling time on his pro career.
COLLEGE: Made 72 appearances over a four-year NCAA career at Hofstra, scoring four goals and three assists. A Colonial Athletic Association All-Rookie Team selection.