MLS Champions NYCFC loan USMNT James Sands to Scottish Rangers

United States men’s international midfielder and defender James Sands was loaned to Glasgow Rangers on Wednesday from Major League Soccer champions New York City FC until the end of the 2022-2023 Scottish Premier League season. .

The Rangers have the option of acquiring Sands at the end of the loan.

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“James is a player I’ve known for a while,” Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst, a friend of former NYCFC and current Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna, said in a statement. “His versatility was a big draw and I have been impressed with his attitude and mentality in the games I have watched recently. He is a talented young player with areas of his game that we will strive to develop through our coaching. « 

Sands, a 21-year-old from Rye, New York, made his MLS debut in 2017 and appeared last year in 26 regular-season games and four postseason games. He was selected to the MLS All-Star Team.

“I think it’s time in my career to test myself in another league and take on a new challenge in Europe,” Sands said in a statement. He made his debut for the U.S. national team in last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and international appearances, including a debut in a World Cup qualifier in Honduras.

« Besides his qualities with the ball, his versatility and his tactical understanding, we also know that James is a bright character, a positive personality and despite his young age he already shows impressive leadership qualities », said the sporting director of the Rangers Ross Wilson in a statement. .

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