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Red Bulls Bring Tom Edward Back On Loan

photo by Matt Kremkau

As the season opener for 2022 draws ever closer, the New York Red Bulls brought back one of their key members of last season. English defender Tom Edwards returns from Stoke City, the contract will be a year-long loan, pending the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC, and will occupy an international spot on the team's roster.

“We are thrilled to bring Tom back to New York," said Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell. “Bringing him back was a priority of ours at the beginning of the offseason because of the quality he has both on and off the field.”

Edwards, 23, had a strong first season in MLS for New York last year. The Stoke City defender logged 1,958 minutes in 27 games for the Red Bulls. He helped anchor a New York defense to eight clean sheets in 25 starts. Offensively, Edwards recorded two assists, both of which came in Red Bulls victories.

“I am pleased to have Tom back with the squad," said Head Coach Gerhard Struber. “Not only does he have top quality on the field but he is great to have in our locker room. Tom’s warrior mentality will be helpful for us this year.”

That warrior mentality that the head coach spoke of endeared the hearts of the supporters, who quickly made him a fan favorite at Red Bull Arena. Edwards showed his versatility last season, as he featured at right-back, center-back, and central defensive midfielder while the team was badly hit with injuries early in the year.

The acquisition answers one of the main questions going into the 2022 campaign on just who will replace the departed Kyle Duncan, who left for Belgian club SV Oostende on a free transfer and is a welcome addition to a team looking to improve their fortunes this season.

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