Atlanta United has loaned Jon Gallagher to Aberdeen FC, the club announced Saturday. Gallagher will spend the remainder of the 2019 Major League Soccer season with the Scottish Premiership side.
Aberdeen’s 2019-20 season begins July 11 with a UEFA Europa League qualifying game against RoPS Rovaniemi of the Finnish Premier Division.
Atlanta selected Gallagher, a native of Dunkirk, Ireland, with the 14th pick in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The 23-year-old has yet to play for the Five Stripes, but he has made 37 appearances — 34 starts — with the club’s USL affiliate, Atlanta United 2. Gallagher led the 2s with six goals in USL Championship play in 2018. He scored one goal in 2019.
This season, Gallagher has spent time playing as a converted fullback.
“This is a good opportunity for Jon to take the next step in his development,” Atlanta United vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a prepared statement. “Aberdeen has a strong track record of developing on-loan players and Jon will have the chance to compete for playing time against strong competition that includes Europa League qualifiers.”
With this move, Atlanta now has two open roster spots. Earlier this month, manager Frank de Boer said the club will be active in the MLS secondary transfer window. The window is open from July 7 to August 7.