Bryan Reynolds: Kortrijk signs US, Roma defender on loan

A chance at salvation has arrived for Bryan Reynolds in the form of a loan to Belgium’s Kortrijk.

The young U.S. men’s national team right back, who has been out of José Mourinho’s favor at Roma, has secured a move for the rest of the season that should offer a greater chance at the playing time that has been so hard to come by in Italy. The aim for Reynolds, 20, is for the loan to rocket him back onto the U.S. men’s national team radar for the end of World Cup qualifying and, as long as qualifying goes as planned, next fall’s competition in Qatar. 

It appeared 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 U.S. defender last season, with Matt Miazga spending the season away from Chelsea there. Previously, U.S. internationals Sacha Kljestan and Kenny Saief plied their trade in Brussels). But instead, the 20-year-old FC Dallas product heads elsewhere in the Belgian top flight, looking to rediscover the form that convinced Roma to spend over $8 million to sign him last year. Kortrijk has not traditionally been a home for U.S. players, though D.C. United defender Brendan Hines-Ike spent nearly three seasons there before coming to MLS last year. Erik Palmer-Brown also spent the second half of the 2017-18 season there on loan from Man City.

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