New York City FC made personnel moves on Monday, sending goalkeeper Luis Barraza and defender Chris Gloster on loan.
The loans will provide some much-needed playing time for Barrraza and Gloster. Barraza has not featured for New York City FC this season and Gloster has played sparingly.
A 2019 MLS SuperDraft pick, taken No. 19 overall, Barraza has not yet featured for the NYCFC first team in league play. His lone senior side appearance came last year in the CONCACAF Champions League. Barraza will join USL Championship team Oakland Roots SC.
Known as a solid shot stopper, Barraza has a reputation for being good with the ball at his feet.
Having joined NYCFC this spring following time in the German Bundesliga and most recently with PSV Eindhoven in Holland, Gloster has made two appearances for his new MLS side, totaling five minutes. A United States youth international, Gloster is an intriguing prospect for New York City FC but outside back is a position of strength for the team.
The move allows both of New York City FC’s young players the chance at regular playing time. New York City FC is a deep team, arguably one of the deepest in MLS. This past weekend, they put together an impressive 2-1 win over Los Angeles FC on the road.
NYCFC acquired Gloster this spring, purchasing his rights from the New York Red Bulls. Before his move to Europe three years ago, the 20-year old had come up through the Red Bulls Academy, one of the top developmental programs in MLS.
Gloster will join Sacramento Republic. Both players are able to be recalled at any time by the MLS club.
New York City FC does not have a developmental club in the USL like a number of MLS teams. The team has been rumored to have interest in such a club, which would act as a reserve side and a compliment to the MLS senior team.