HARRISON, N.J. – The Red Bulls have completed the transfer of French left back Jason Pendant, the club announced Tuesday.
Pendant, 23, joins the Red Bulls from FC Sochaux-Montbéliard of France’s Ligue 2. He will occupy an international spot on the Red Bulls roster, and will be available for selection following receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 visa.
“We are pleased to welcome Jason to our club,” sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “In scouting Jason, we saw all the qualities of a Red Bull player, and we were extremely impressed with him during the interview process. He is a bright, mature young man that became a leader at Sochaux despite his young age. We look forward to getting him acclimated to our team and our league.”
Pendant made his FC Sochaux-Montbéliard debut at 18 in November of 2016 in a 2-1 win over Tours FC. Since then, the Sarcelles, France, native has made 72 appearances for the club with one goal and one assist. He has helped anchor a Les Lionceaux backline to 22 clean sheets and wore the captain’s armband six times during the 2019-20 season.
“Jason is a player that we think will fit well in our philosophy and team,” head coach Chris Armas said. “Jason is an outside back that can both defend and attack. We are excited with the opportunity to work with him and he is another example of our team getting stronger.”
Pendant also represented France at youth international levels, with appearances for the Under-16 and U-18 national teams. He will be available for selection after receiving his visa.
“First, I’m very happy to sign with RBNY,” Pendant said. “It’s a club that has won trophies, and where players like Thierry Henry and Youri Djorkaeff have played. I can’t wait to get started and help the team win more trophies. I’m very excited to play in this beautiful stadium. I’m eager to meet the fans, to see the atmosphere at the stadium, and how they fire up the stadium.”