The New York Red Bulls have completed the loan signing of Uruguay youth international defender Lucas Monzón from Danubio FC, the club announced Thursday.

Monzón joins through the end of the 2022 season, pending receipt of his P-1 visa and ITC, with the Red Bulls having a purchase option at the end of the loan period.

“We are happy to bring Lucas aboard our club,” head of sport Kevin Thelwell said in a team release. “He is a young defender, who will help solidify our center back core. Having the experience at a top level is promising for a player of his age.”

Monzón, 19, signed with Danubio's first team in July 2020 and played 26 matches across all competitions during the 2020-21 season. Born in Jaguarão, Brazil, Monzón most recently appeared for Montevideo Wanderers, a first division Uruguayan club, on loan during the 2021-22 season.

“I am pleased to see Lucas join the team,” said head coach Gerhard Struber. “He is a very athletic and aggressive defender that will fit into our style of play. He has good experience at the top level in Uruguay.”

The Red Bulls have been on the lookout for a center back since Aaron Long was ruled out for the remainder of the 2021 season after undergoing successful surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles’ tendon in May. RBNY are also currently without fellow center back Andres Reyes.