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New York Red Bulls Add Atlanta Defender Andrew Gutman on Loan

New York Red Bulls will add yet another defender as Atlanta United's Andrew Gutman will join the team on loan for the 2021 season. The 2018 Herman Trophy winner played with FC Cincinnati before being selected by Atlanta in the re-entry draft but now makes his way to New York.

"He has proven that he can play in MLS and has qualities that we think will fit with our style of play," said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. "He is a solid defender, can contribute from wide areas going forward and has the physical attributes to meet the demands of our system."

New York's defense has been revamped for 2021 following the departure of Tim Parker. Stepping in will be Andres Reyes but the team still needs depth which a signing like Gutman brings with him. How versatile he will be remains to be seen. However, it should be expected that he will compete with Josh Pendant for the starting role.

Gutman signed with Celtic FC in 2019 but never played for the club. Instead he was loaned to the USL Championship side Charlotte Independence where he played 14 games and scored three goals. He was then loaned to FC Cincinnati where he made 29 total appearances for the club, making him one of the team's more veteran players given his experience.

The move didn't come cheap. Atlanta United received the Red Bulls' 2024 third round SuperDraft pick and up to 50 thousand dollars in General Allocation Money for 2022. Performance conditions will need to be met. However it will be worth the price should Gutman become a standout with the club.


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