The New York Red Bulls have signed their first higher profile player of the off-season in Colombian centerback Andres Reyes. The team made the announcement on Tuesday morning, a day after rumor swirled about the acquisition.
"Andres has the physical characteristics we like in our centerbacks," said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. "He has experience in our league and the ability to contribute to the team's success while still growing into his full potential."
Reyes made 13 appearances with Inter Miami in 2020 after joining the club on loan from Atletico Nacional in Colombia. The 21-year-old has also become a regular for the U-23 Colombian national team, making him a high profile development signing that could see significant minutes in 2021.
The move comes as rumors continue to swirl about the departure of either Tim Parker or Aaron Long. Interest has persisted for both American's over the last two seasons and a departure could be proper considering the amount of time they have already spent in both MLS and on the New York Red Bulls.
For head coach Gerhard Struber, it is another player from the Americas that he can integrate into the squad. Much has been made of the team's inability to mine this side of the world for talent but that appears to be changing.
"He is a big talent," said Struber. "His skills make the team stronger and more stable. He is hungry for success and ready to work very hard at it."
Reyes isn't expected to be the only signing for the team this off-season. Rumors have continued about a potential attacking midfielder from Norway. No further details on how those discussions were proceeding.