NEW YORK – New York City FC Monday announced it acquired defender Chris Gloster from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven on a contract through the 2023 season, with an option to extend for two additional seasons.
NYCFC also traded $100,000 in General Allocation Money to the Red Bulls in exchange for the 20-year-old’s MLS Homegrown priority with additional conditional GAM if certain benchmarks are met over the course of his MLS contract.
Gloster, a Montclair, N.J. resident, joined the club in Florida in training camp last week. He is eligible to train individually immediately but will integrate with the full team upon completion of a mandatory quarantine in line with MLS protocols.
A standout left back for the United States during the 2019 Under-20 World Cup, Gloster played 22 matches for Jong PSV—PSV’s reserve team — in the Eerste Divisie.
“It’s such an honor to be joining New York City FC,” Gloster said in a statement. “I know a lot about the club and it’s a team with a good playing style that I feel I fit perfectly into. I’m glad to be back home and it feels amazing to have a team that is really invested in me. Every team that you go to, you learn something new. NYCFC has something great to offer and I hopefully will be able to do my best for this Club.”
Prior to his spell in the Netherlands, the former U.S. youth international joined German club Hannover 96 in 2018. He appeared 16 times for Hannover 96 II in the Regionalliga Nord.
“We’re delighted to welcome Chris to New York City ahead of the 2021 season,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a statement. “He’s an exciting, young defender with a wealth of experience at the youth international level for the United States and has been at two fantastic clubs in Europe for the past two and half years.
“We welcome Chris back to the New York area where he grew up and started his football career at an early age. We always want to be a Club where talented players with high potential want to play and acquiring young, domestic players like Chris is important to roster construction. He helps us not only add competitiveness to the left side of our defense in the short term but is also someone we have high hopes for in the future.”
Gloster has an extensive history within the youth national team. He started alongside James Sands for the U-17s side, which progressed to the quarterfinals of the 2017 U-17 World Cup.
“Chris is a player we’re very excited about joining NYCFC, NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said. “He’s a highly regarded 20-year-old with a few seasons of experience in Europe at some really good clubs. I enjoy working with young players to help maximize their abilities and Chris is one who we think can come to us and grow into a really good player.”