Atlanta United announced Monday that it had signed U.S. native Emerson Hyndman on loan from Premier League’s AFC Bournemouth. The deal also includes an option to purchase Hyndman after the 2019 season, according to a press release by the club.
United obtained Hyndman’s discovery rights via trade from FC Dallas by sending them $200,000 in General Allocation Money and an international spot for this season and the next one.
“We’re excited to bring a talented young player like Emerson in to bolster our midfield, “Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra said. “In addition to his technical, on-the-ball abilities, he performed well in two physically-demanding leagues in the Scottish Premiership and English Championship.”
Hyndman, 23, has played his entire soccer career overseas as he joined Fulham’s youth academy in 2011 and made his professional debut three years later at the age of 18. In 2016, Hyndman signed with Bournemouth but was unable to receive much playing time, which led him to be loaned to Rangers (Scotland) in 2017 and then went on loan again with Hibernian (Scotland).
When it comes to the international level, Hyndman has represented the United States at the Under-17 level all the way to the senior National Team. The Dallas native captained the U.S. team in the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup and finished the tournament with two goals in five games. Hyndman made his senior National Team debut in 2014 at the age of 18 in a friendly against the Czech Republic.