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New York Red Bulls snag Southampton winger Josh Sims on loan

New York Red Bulls landed winger Josh Sims on loan from Southampton F.C. to help bolster this year’s roster.

Englishmen have a good track record with the New York Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Phillips is the club’s all-time leading scorer. Luke Rodgers was the team’s second top scorer of the 2011 campaign—his only season with the club.

New York decided to bring in another Englishman.

The club signed Premier League side Southampton F.C. winger, Josh Sims, on loan until the end of this season as a Young Designated Player on Wednesday, the last day of the transfer window.

“I’m delighted to join the team,” Sims told the club. “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.”

Sims, 22, is an explosive left-footed winger who can play on both sides of the flanks but is primarily a right midfielder. He can also play some forward.

Sims is from Southampton’s academy. The club brought him on the first team in 2015. He’s made 14 appearances with the club so far but has yet to score a goal.

The Saints loaned him to championship side Reading F.C. last season. Sims played 17 matches for them but wasn’t on target.

At the international level, the winger has played for England at the U-17, U-18 and U-20 level, scoring two goals in 22 outings.

Plenty of RBNY fans didn’t expect the club to add anyone from outside their second team this transfer window.

However, New York walked out of the transfer window with an intriguing signing for the remainder of the season. A Premier League midfielder could easily be in the talks of being the best midfielder in the league if all goes well.

Originally from Haiti, Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, the Cosmopolitan Soccer League and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz started covering the New York Red Bulls for ESNY and joined Haitian Times.