(HARRISON) The New York Red Bulls II announced today that it has signed Allen José Yanes Pinto, a former left-back for Antigua GFC a team in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol de Guatemala.

Born in Los Angeles, California the 21 year-old has been reported and linked to the club for some time. The transition to NYRBII should be relatively easy for Yanes as he has been training with the team for some time now.

NYRBII fills the need for a left back with the signing. Both Niko De Vera and Lucas Stauffer have been unable to claim the starting role as their own. Since the departure of Noah Powder during the 2018 preseason, the left back spot has been in flux.

The Red Bulls press release below:

New York Red Bulls II have signed left back Allen Yanes to a USL contract, the club announced today. Yanes joins NYRB II after three seasons with Antigua Guatemala Fútbol Club.

Yanes, 20, born in Orange County, California, began with Antigua GFC in the 2015-16 season. During his tenure, Yanes tallied 63 starts, 73 appearances, 5,764 minutes played and one goal. He helped Antigua to three-straight Apertura titles in Liga Nacional de Guatemala (the highest professional division in the country).

“Allen joins us with Concacaf Champions League experience,” NYRB II head coach John Wolyniec said. “That being said, we believe Allen has a high ceiling and NYRB II will be another step along his development path. We look forward to his growth.”

Alongside domestic competitions, Yanes has represented the Guatemalan National team at the U-17, U-20 and senior national team level. Yanes started and played the full 90 for the U-17s in seven matches, including a 3-1 win over Derrick Etienne, Jr.’s Haiti U-17 squad on April 9, 2013. He was also on Guatemala U-20s squad that faced Michael Amir Murillo’s Panama team on Jan. 21, 2015.

Yanes also competed in the Concacaf Champions League tournament during the 2016-17 season. The left back started and played the full 90 of the final match of the group stage against Alianza FC. Yanes was a part of Antigua’s 18-man squad when the team faced the New York Red Bulls during CCL group stage.

Transaction: New York Red Bulls sign Allen Yanes to a USL contract on July 11, 2018

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