HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls added English winger Josh Sims on loan from Southampton FC, the club announced Wednesday.
The 22-year-old Sims will play through the end of the Major League Soccer season and will be added to the Red Bulls roster as a Young Designated Player, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.
“Our goal during this transfer window was to find a young, dynamic player who improves our team,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “We evaluated a lot of options, and Josh’s attributes, plus his Premier League experience, made him our top choice. Josh fits our style of play and our club culture. We look forward to welcoming him in the coming days and working together toward our ultimate goal of winning MLS Cup.”
A native of Yeovil, England, Sims was a member of Southampton’s academy before being promoted to the first team in 2016. Sims has appeared for England at several youth international levels, most recently in the 2019 Toulon Tournament against Under-23 competition.
Sims made his Southampton debut in the Premier League in November 2016, earning a first-minute assist on the game-winning goal against Everton. Weeks later, he earned a start for Southampton in a Europa League match, marking his first venture in European competition. Sims has made 26 appearances across all competitions for Southampton’s senior team, including 20 in the Premier League, recording two assists in 573 league minutes.
“We’re thrilled to add a quality player and person like Josh,” Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas said. “He’s an intelligent, dynamic, attacking player that brings a threat in the final third that we are excited about. Josh also understands the demands of our style of play. We look forward to getting him here and getting to work.”
Sims went on loan to Reading in the Championship last August, recording three goals and four assists in 18 matches, but rejoined Southampton for the second half of the 2018-19 season under new manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. He earned consistent minutes during the stretch run, appearing in seven of the final nine matches of the season and helping Southampton survive the relegation battle to remain in the Premier League.
“I’m delighted to join the team,” Sims said. “I can’t wait to come over and meet the fans, players and staff. It’s a brilliant opportunity and I can’t wait to get to work.”