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New York Red Bulls sign Danish GK David Jensen, English RB Mandela Egbo

The Red Bulls have added competition to their goalkeeper battle and added depth at fullback.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12: Goalkeeper, David Jensen of FC Utrecht in action during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax and Utrecht at Johan Cruyff Arena on May 12, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The New York Red Bulls have signed Danish goalkeeper David Jensen and English right back Mandela Egbo, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

In a conference call with reporters last week, coach Chris Armas said the club needed to have competition at the goalkeeping position and that’s what they expect to have now with the addition of Jensen, a 27-year-old who arrives from FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.

He is expected to push Ryan Meara for minutes. Meara inherited the No. 1 spot after Luis Robles was signed by Inter Miami CF as a free agent last month.

Jensen has made 112 appearances for Utrecht since a transfer from FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark’s SuperLiga in July 2016. A regular starter for Utrecht for the previous three seasons, Jensen lost his spot to Jeroen Zoet, who arrived on loan from PSV Eindhoven.

Jensen has only made five appearances this season, mostly in cup competition as well as two starts in Europa League qualifying.

Jensen, who has 32 caps as a Danish youth international, came up through the Nordsjaelland youth system and made his senior team debut in 2011. He appeared in 85 matches with Nordsjaelland, while also playing for lower level Dutch sides FC Fredericia and Akademisk BK on loan.

In Egbo, a 22-year-old who competes for SV Darmstadt 98 in 2. Bundesliga, the Red Bulls fill the need for depth at outside back.

DARMSTADT, GERMANY – JULY 17: Mandela Egbo of SV Darmstadt 98 poses during the team presentation at Merck-Stadion am Boellenfalltor on July 17, 2019 in Darmstadt, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Born in London, Egbo came up through the Crystal Palace academy and made 15 appearances as an England youth international from U-16 to U-18. He made the move from Palace’s reserve side to Borussia Mönchengladbach II in 2015.

After 84 appearances, in which he scored three goals and had five assists, Egbo transferred to SV Darmstadt 98 last July. He’s played in five league matches this season, but his last 2.Bundesliga appearance came in late August.

Egbo also came off the bench in a first round DFB-Pokal victory, assisting on a goal in the 6-1 win over FC Oberneuland.




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