• Wednesday Jan 03, 2018

    New York Red Bulls acquire Redding, Rivas from Orlando City for Kljestan

    Tommy Redding (pictured) has represented the USA at the under-17 and under-20 levels. (Photo: Imagenes en Costa Rica)

    HARRISON, New Jersey – The New York Red Bulls announced Wednesday that the club acquired forward Carlos Rivas and defender Tommy Redding from Orlando City SC in exchange for United States international Sacha Kljestan and financial considerations.

    Redding, a 20-year-old United States youth international, signed a professional contract with Orlando City in March 2014 and has made 38 appearances in Major League Soccer play. With the U.S., he has played in the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship (2013: 3 games/0 goals), the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship (2017 champion: 6/0) and the FIFA U-20 World Cup (2/0).

    "Tommy is a player that we've kept an eye on as we watched him alongside our own Homegrown Players with youth national teams," said Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch. "His size and skill line up with what we look for in a central defender and he has demonstrated that he can use both in his MLS opportunities."

    Rivas has struck for eight goals and recorded 13 assists in 78 MLS appearances for Orlando City. Prior to joining Orlando City in 2015, the 23-year-old Colombian played in his native country for Once Caldas and Deportivo Cali.

    Kljestan enjoyed three standout seasons in New York, playing in 97 regular season games and registering a league-best 51 assists over that stretch. He scored 16 MLS goals for New York and led the league in assists in 2017 (17) and 2016 (20). The 32-year-old also has scored two goals in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL).

    The Red Bulls will open play in the 2018 SCCL against Round of 16 opponent Olimpia (1st leg: February 22, away; 2nd leg: March 1, home).

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