by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls have signed 21 year-old Swedish defender Noah Eile from Malmo for an undisclosed fee according to the team. Eile will be on a four year deal that will see him play with the club through 2027.
"Noah is a talented defender with a great skillset," said head coach Sandro Schwarz. "We are excited to see him on the pitch at Red Bull Arena this season."
Eile may have moved from Malmo but has been on loan for most of his time with the club, making only three appearances in 2021. He has been on loan for the past two campaigns with Mjallby AIF where he made over 50 appearances. The move comes as the team looks to deepen its center back pool following the departure of Hasan Ndam and Matthew Nocita at the end of the 2023 season.
More than likely Eile will help lessen the load from captain Sean Nealis and his center back partner Andres Reyes. With congestion from the Leagues Cup and international tournaments in 2024, Eile should see significant minutes on the field. Whether he is able to displace either of last year's starters remains to be seen.
"Noah is a promising young defender," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "Although Noah is young, he has a lot of experience in Sweden's top division and has the qualities we value in a defender."