A chance for salvation has arrived for Bryan Reynolds in the form of a loan move to Belgian Kortrijk.

The young right-back for the United States men’s national team, who is no longer favored by José Mourinho at Roma, has secured a transfer for the rest of the season which should offer a greater chance for playing time which was so hard to find in Italy. . The goal for Reynolds, 20, is for the loan to put him back on the U.S. men’s national team radar for the end of World Cup qualifying and, as long as qualifying goes according to plan, the U.S. competition. next fall in Qatar.

It emerged that Reynolds was lined up to go to Anderlecht, where he would have played under former Belgium and Manchester City legend Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht was a loan destination for another American defender last season, Matt Miazga y spending the season away from Chelsea. Previously, US internationals Sacha Kljestan and Kenny Saief plied their trade in Brussels). But instead, the 20-year-old FC Dallas product is heading elsewhere in Belgium’s top flight, looking to rediscover the form that convinced Roma to splash over $8m to sign him last year. . Kortrijk is not traditionally home to American players, although DC United defender Brendan Hines-Ike spent almost three seasons there before joining MLS last year. Erik Palmer-Brown also spent the second half of the 2017-18 season there on loan from Man City.

Reynolds, who has played just a minute in Serie A this season, was released to join the US national team ahead of their friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina last month despite the camp and game being away of the FIFA international calendar. Reynolds came off the bench to play 28 minutes, and coach Gregg Berhalter was quite direct in his assessment of the player.

“You can definitely see the rust today, and that’s something he can’t prevent,” Berhalter said after the Dec. 18 game. “He’s doing his best in training and he’s trying his best to get on the pitch and it’s been tough for him. You can see he’s lacking in rhythm. He’s a player we believe in as a player. than staff. We think he’s a great talent and he has a lot of potential. But he has to play regularly. He has to pick up the pace if he wants to help us in qualifying.”

Before he can enter the field in qualifying, Reynolds must first enter the field of his new club – the simultaneous arrival of Nayel Mehssatou, another young right-back from Anderlecht could complicate matters – who is in a dead end. Kortrijk currently sit in eighth place in the 18-team division, but just three points behind fifth-place Ghent, with one game less. Reynolds joins other American backs in the league, with left-back Sam Vines at Antwerp and right-back Kyle Duncan at Ostend. Another American defender, central defender Mark McKenzie, is at Genk.

Reynolds is another USA international to make a move in the winter. Ricardo Pepi left FC Dallas for Augsburg in the Bundesliga for $20m, while Daryl Dike made a permanent move to West Brom in England’s second tier from Orlando City on a $9.5m deal of dollars. Three young prospects have left MLS on 18-month loans, with 21-year-old James Sands signing from Scottish champions Rangers after winning the MLS Cup with NYCFC; Cole Bassett, 20, joining Feyenoord in the Netherlands after a few exceptional seasons with the Colorado Rapids; and Justin Che, 18, leaving FC Dallas for Hoffenheim.

Another major move could also be in the works, with Arsenal reportedly making a play to sign American goalkeeper Matt Turner from the New England Revolution.

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