The New York Red Bulls have made their first major signing of the summer transfer window, with the addition of Romanian attacking midfielder Andreas Ivan.
New York Red Bulls Sign Midfielder Andreas Ivan
Ivan, 23, joins the Red Bulls after a trial in June. The right winger has 96 professional club appearances with experience in his native country as well as Germany.
The signing fulfills a need for the Red Bulls as the right midfield position has been lacking for them this season. The Red Bulls hope Ivan can contribute to the pitch
Joining from SV Waldhof Mannheim of Germany, Ivan has also played for the German U-19 side as well as the Romanian U-21 team. In the 2017-28 European season, Ivan scored eight goals and recorded six assists.
Ivan, however, is still awaiting the receipt of his P-1 Visa, so he will not be able to play against the New England Revolution at Red Bull Arena on Saturday.
Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas was happy with the news that Ivan’s signature met the dotted line. “He has a fearlessness and a great energy about him, which will help him fit in right away. We think he is going to be a great addition to our team,” said Armas. Ivan himself is also excited to join the Red Bulls.
“I’m excited to play here for the Red Bulls and I can’t wait to see you in the stadium!” said the new signing in a message to Red Bulls fans.
The Red Bulls press release below:
The New York Red Bulls have signed attacking midfielder Andreas Ivan to an MLS contract, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa, the club announced today. Ivan, 23, has already amassed nearly 100 professional appearances and represented his native Romania at youth international levels.
The right winger, who previously joined the Red Bulls for a trial in June, will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster.
“We are pleased to welcome Andreas to our club,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “Andreas is a young, dynamic player with a lot of qualities we like. He has already gained a good amount of professional experience and immediately improves our roster. We look forward to seeing how he can continue to grow as a player and contribute to our club.”
Ivan, 23, has played professionally in Germany since the 2013-14 season, when he was promoted from the Stuttgart U-19s to the senior team. Since then, the right winger has 96 senior team appearances and 5,783 minutes played with five teams. The Pitești, Romania, native has tallied 16 goals and 14 assists across all competitions. Ivan had his best season in 2017-18 with SV Waldhof Mannheim, recording eight goals and six assists in 36 appearances.
“I’m happy to welcome Andy to our club,” said Red Bulls Head Coach Chris Armas. “Andy is a dynamic attacker who can unbalance defenses with and without the ball. He has a fearlessness and a great energy about him which will help him fit in right away. We think he’s going to be a great addition to our team.”
Ivan has represented Romania through the U-21 national team level, and previously appeared for the German U-19 team.
Transaction: New York Red Bulls acquire attacking midfielder Andreas Ivan on July 20, 2018, pending receipt of his P-1 Visa.
Date of Birth: January 10, 1995
Birthplace: Pitești, Romania
Last Club: SV Waldhof Mannheim (Germany)
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