TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Loan
Atlanta United have acquired Andrew Gutman from Celtic and have loaned the fullback to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a 2024 third-round SuperDraft selection, the clubs announced Tuesday. Atlanta could receive up to $50,000 General Allocation Money should certain performance-based incentives be reached.
Gutman was on loan from FC Cincinnati from the summer of 2019 through the 2020 season. When the loan ended, he returned to Celtic and his MLS rights were selected No. 1 overall in the Re-Entry Draft by Atlanta United, who acquired the top spot from Cincinnati for $75,000 GAM.
“We’re pleased to have Andrew join us,” RBNY Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell said in a club statement. “He has proven that he can play in MLS and has qualities that we think will fit well in our style of play. He is a solid defender, can contribute from wide areas going forward, and has the physical attributes to meet the demands of our system.”
The 24-year-old left back made 29 appearances (20 starts) with Cincy over a season and a half. He is an academy product of Chicago Fire FC before eventually signing with Celtic. He never made a first team appearance with the Scottish giants.
“Andrew brings good experience in MLS,” said head coach Gerhard Struber. “He is strong on the ball and has good awareness and intelligence going forward, which will help us build our attack and bring good decision making in the final third.”
Prior to turning professional, Gutman was a four-year standout at Indiana University, with 20 goals and 17 assists in 90 appearances. He helped the team to consecutive College Cup appearances in 2017 and 2018 and earned the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy, awarded to the best college soccer player in the country.
Gutman joins RBNY's squad that includes Jason Pendant and John Tolkin as options at left back.