Harrison, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Red Bull New York announced on Monday the club has acquired defender Richard Eckersley from Toronto FC in exchange for a fourth-round selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.
Eckersley, who primarily plays as a fullback, moved to Major League Soccer when he joined Toronto FC on loan from English side Burnley in April 2011.
He was a consistent face on Toronto's backline over the last three seasons, appearing in 72 matches and being named to Toronto's starting squad 70 times. He appeared in 16 games for Toronto last season, all of which were starts.
"We were impressed with Richard's play at Toronto FC and are delighted to acquire him. He has a good soccer brain and is an energetic defender who can also provide positive attacking qualities on the flanks," said Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh. "Richard will immediately provide another solid and versatile option for us on our backline and will certainly compete for a starting role on our team."