PSV Eindhoven defender Chris Gloster signed by New York City FC

New York City FC signs PSV Eindhoven left back Chris Gloster. Mandatory Credit: (Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images)
New York City FC signs PSV Eindhoven left back Chris Gloster. Mandatory Credit: (Prestige/Soccrates/Getty Images) /

Former PSV Eindhoven defender Chris Gloster is officially cleared to join New York City FC, a trade for his rights announced on Monday and his subsequent signature announced by the club shortly thereafter.

The United States youth international, rumored for several weeks to be on the verge of joining NYCFC, had his MLS rights traded by the New York Red Bulls to their rivals across the Hudson River. Gloster, who has spent time in Europe with Hannover 96 and most recently with Dutch giant PSV Eindhoven, originally came up through the Red Bulls Academy system.

The Red Bulls acquired $100,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM) from NYCFC. Shortly thereafter, New York City FC announced the signing of the 20-year old left back.

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Upon leaving PSV Eindhoven, Gloster signed with NYCFC through 2023 with two club options after that.

During his three seasons in Europe, Gloster featured with the youth and reserve teams for Hannover and PSV Endhoven. He did not play a first team match for either club.

With the United States, Gloster has featured from the U17 level all the way through the U23 national team. A left back, he is a good defender in 1 v. 1 situations and moves forward well with deep, overlapping runs.

“We’re delighted to welcome Chris to New York City ahead of the 2021 season. He’s an exciting, young defender with a wealth of experience at the youth international level for the United States and has been at two fantastic clubs in Europe for the past two and half years,” said NYCFC sporting director David Lee.

“We welcome Chris back to the New York area where he grew up and started his football career at an early age. We always want to be a Club where talented players with high potential want to play and acquiring young, domestic players like Chris is important to roster construction. He helps us not only add competitiveness to the left side of our defense in the short term but is also someone we have high hopes for in the future.”

Lee is familiar with Gloster, having worked as an analyst for the Red Bulls up until leaving to join NYCFC as their technical director.

Gloster, while not playing for PSV Eindhoven’s first team, did feature heavily with their reserve side.

The capture of a promising prospect in Gloster helps complete the transformation of the position for New York City FC. In February, the club signed Malte Amundsen from Danish club Vejle Boldklub. A Danish youth international, Amundsen brings a wealth of experience and ability to the position.

The 23-year old has 59 appearances for Vejle Boldklub as well as experience in Germany and having played for Norwegian giants Rosenborg.

This offseason, New York City FC traded incumbent left back, Costa Rican international Ronald Matarrita to NYCFC.

If certain performance metrics are met during his contract, then the Red Bulls could potentially net as much as $300,000 in GAM from the deal.

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