Kyle Reynish will get an opportunity to play an MLS match and make saves with Atlanta United. (Russell Isabella/USA Today Photo)

By Michael Lewis

Front Row Soccer Editor

After spending two years sitting on the bench feeling like the Maytag repairman, Kyle Reynish just might get an opportunity to appear in an actual Major League Soccer game.

That possibility came to fruition Wednesday when the Red Bulls dealt the 33-year-old goalkeeper to expansion Atlanta United for a 2018 natural fourth round SuperDraft choice.

Reynish, who had been on trial with Atlanta for most of the preseason, spent the last two seasons watching goalkeeper Luis Robles in goal for New York. Robles has started and finished a league-record 140 consecutive matches dating back to the end of the 2012 season.

United saw something in the former Cosmos and decided to take a chance and keep him.

“We were keen on acquiring another goalkeeper with MLS experience,” United president Darren Eales said in a statement. “Kyle has earned a spot on our roster after trialing with us over the past month. As the veteran goalkeeper in camp, Kyle has been a positive addition and he’s proven he belongs at this level.”

The 6-3, 193-lb. Reynish played nine times with Red Bulls II over the past two season. Real Salt Lake picked him in the fourth round — 43rd overall — in the 2007 MLS supplemental draft. Reynish made eight appearances over six seasons at RSL and has nine total appearances in MLS.

He backstopped the Cosmos’ first North American Soccer League championship in 2013, the first since the 1982 title run.

Reynish was a member of the University of California-Santa Barbara team that captured 2006 NCAA Division I crown.

The Red Bulls kick off their 22nd MLS season at Atlanta Sunday at 7:30 p.m.


Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at