Andreas Ivan secured his P-1 Visa and joined training with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday.
"I think we saw a lot of what we’ve seen from watching him over the time," Head Coach Chris Armas said. "He’s dangerous around the goal, he’s got good ideas, soft feet and the willingness to get on the run. He plays with a lot of personality and courage."
After a trial, the Red Bulls signed Ivan to a first-team deal. Ivan said that he loved the team's training, and everything so far has been amazing.
"The team was, from the first day, very friendly to me," Ivan said. "The coach, the team, everything is perfect.”
Ivan, 23, has played professionally in Germany since the 2013-14 season, when he was promoted from the Stuttgart U-19s to the senior team. Since then, the right winger has 96 senior team appearances and 5,783 minutes played with five teams. The Pitești, Romania, native has tallied 16 goals and 14 assists across all competitions. Ivan had his best season in 2017-18 with SV Waldhof Mannheim, recording eight goals and six assists in 36 appearances.
Armas said that while physically, Ivan is ready to play, it will take some time to get him up to speed on the Red Bulls' style of play. Ivan said he doesn't think this will be an issue.
“In my old team, we play the same style of football," Ivan said. "In Germany they prefer that style, so it was, for me, a little bit easier than for other people. That was also why I chose to come here.”
As for the type of player he is, Ivan said he's "very technical," fast and "loves to score." With a dozen games left in the MLS regular season, Ivan said he's hoping to make an impact -- and score five goals.
Armas said that Ivan's skill and physical fitness are already putting him on the short list for a gameday roster, either to see minutes off the bench, or possibly start.
"He’s been doing a lot physically, so therefore he’s ready," Armas said. "If he keeps putting together these days and we have the week to figure that out, he’ll certainly be an option off the bench, or even from the start. He’s making it interesting and tough for us early on.”