Frankie Amaya is headed to the New York Red Bulls, the FC Cincinnati midfielder ending an offseason of discontent by landing with an accomplished MLS side.
Amaya, a central midfielder with a high work rate, is heading to the New York Red Bulls as part of a blockbuster deal. According to a source close to the situation, Amaya was acquired in exchange for “roughly over $1 million in General Allocation Money (GAM) and Targeted Allocation Money (TAM).” The move lands Amaya in a perfect situation as part of an organization where pressing and counter-pressing have become engrained in their DNA.
The news of the deal was first broken by Pat Brennan of The Enquirer.
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The 20-year old midfielder is an exciting central midfielder prospect who has entrenched himself as a starter in MLS. Last season, he made 21 appearances – all starts – for FC Cincinnati. He logged 1,737 minutes with a goal.
In 2019, he was the top selection in the MLS SuperDraft.
Amaya is considered a likely member of the United States national team moving forward. In November, he was called up for a friendly with El Salvador but contracted COVID-19, forcing his removal from the squad.
He has played for the United States U20 national team as well.
This past offseason, he had requested a trade out from Cincinnati. A report this week had said that his former club had filed tampering chargers against the New York Red Bulls and the Philadelphia Union.
Amaya is a huge addition to a Red Bulls squad that has struggled to find a replacement for Tyler Adams, currently a starter with RB Leipzig in the German Bundesliga. The young American midfielder had a tremendous work rate and covered unprecedented amounts of ground on the pitch, making him a valuable piece for a Red Bulls side that likes to press and counter-press opposition into submission.
In adding Amaya, the Red Bulls are hoping to find a similar midfielder who can provide cover and ball-winning. In addition, Amaya is under-rated in terms of his passing ability and vision.
The New York Red Bulls did not respond to a request for confirmation about the transfer fee paid to acquire Amaya.