The New York Red Bull’s announced the signings of goalkeeper David Jensen and Mandela Egbo this week as the team’s latest acquisitions this offseason.
Jensen is a 27-year-old, who most recently played for FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie. Since 2016, he earned 86 league appearances, and 25 clean sheets. He has experience playing in Europa League qualifying, and has 3 clean sheets in 9 matches. Jensen was recently replaced by Jeroen Zoet, who was loaned in to FC Utrecht from PSV Eindhoven.
“David brings a wealth of professional experience to our club,” Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett explaining the clubs newest signing. “When scouting David, we were impressed with him on and off the field, we know he is a solid goalkeeper and we think he’ll be great in our locker room too. We’ve got a strong group of goalkeepers to work together and push each other every day in training.”
Mandela Egbo is a 22-year-old right back, coming from SV Darmstadt 98 in 2. Bundesliga. A product of the Crystal Palace academy, Egbo moved to Germany in 2015 to Borussia Mönchengladbach. Egbo saw 86 appearances for Borussia Mönchengladbach II from 2015-2019 and 1 appearance for the first team during the 17/18 season. Egbo went to SV Darmstadt on a free transfer. He has appeared 5 times for the second division side but his last appearance was in the end of August.
“Mandela was identified through our scouting network as an outside back with a great pedigree and qualities that translate well to our style of play,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Denis Hamlett. “He’s young but has a ton of professional games, and has spent time developing with big clubs in Europe. In speaking with Mandela we know he is excited and ready for an opportunity in MLS. We look forward to getting him into camp and getting him up to speed.”
The need for depth at both goalkeeper and wingback became priorities for the Red Bulls following the loss of Luis Robles and Michael Murillo. Both players help fill those voids. Whether these signings challenge for starting minutes, or provide competition and depth is unclear.
With the season quickly approaching, will the Red Bulls make additional moves during the final weeks of preseason? We’ll have to wait and see.