(photo by Matt Kremkau)
New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long is nearing a loan move to the English Championship according to Sky Sports. Which team in particular has not been verified but there has been interest over the years of bringing in the US Men's National Team player.
Long is a product of the USL New York Red Bulls II team and started with the club in 2016. Originally a SuperDraft pick for the Portland Timbers, Long bounced around several lower division sides including FC Tuscon, Sacramento Republic and Orange County Blues. Long was released in 2014 and signed with the Seattle Sounders but couldn't find his way onto the first team.
New York took a chance on him in 2016 and signed him to a third division contract. In his first year he and NYRB II broke records and became the most successful USL team to that point, winning the club's first championship. From there he was signed to the MLS club and quickly made himself indispensable in defense.
His move away from MLS has been expected for some time. A rumor of a move to West Ham United encircled him last year but nothing materialized. This loan may be the beginning of a full separation between he and the club.