Chris Gloster could be headed to MLS and back to New York. It appears, however, that it won’t be with the MLS team whose academy helped propel him to a career in Europe.
According to Steve Goff of the Washington Post, Gloster’s rights will be traded by the New York Red Bulls to New York City FC. Gloster came up through the Red Bulls academy system, hence the need for NYCFC to trade for the left back’s rights.
The 20-year old has been with PSV since 2019, joining from Hannover 96 in the Bundesliga.
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Since being in Europe, first in the Bundesliga and now with PSV’s reserve team, Gloster has yet to make a first team appearance with the senior side.
Set to turn 21-years old this summer, Gloster has featured regularly with the United States youth set-up, starting with the U17 side where he was a first choice outside back and a couple of appearances recently with the U23 national team.
He is a rangy, athletic left back capable of covering ground and moving up into the attack. He overlaps well.
The move to NYCFC represents a homecoming of sorts for Gloster, who grew up in northern New Jersey in the town of Montclair.
It is curious, however, to see the Red Bulls ready to move on from the player already, especially given the familiarity of him moving from the academy to a Bundesliga club just three years ago. The Red Bulls have made starting and developing their own young talent a fetish of sorts in recent years.
And since left back was an area of inconsistency a year ago for the Red Bulls, conventional wisdom would hold that Gloster, if interested, would be a welcome fit for the Harrison club.
It appears, however, that for whatever reason, Gloster will instead be heading to the five boroughs and NYCFC. Earlier this offseason, NYCFC made an intriguing season by bringing in Danish youth international Malte Amundsen.
The signing of Amundsen pried him away from Vejle Boldklub where he was a first choice at left back for the club in Denmark’s top flite.