Pennsylvania-born central defender Auston Trusty has signed with English Premier League club Arsenal FC, however will wait until July to head across the pond after a loan deal was worked to keep him temporarily in Colorado.

In a deal which had been rumored, but not been in the headlines during the winter transfer window, Colorado standout Trusty, a 23 year-old central defender with a number of USA youth team appearances, was confirmed as an Arsenal player.

“Defender Auston Trusty has joined the club in a permanent transfer from Colorado Rapids but will remain with the MLS side on loan,” the Gunners announced on their website.

While never having received any senior USMNT caps, the home-grown player from Philadelphia has featured with different American youth teams. He was a participant in the recent January camp geared towards MLS players as well as the December camp leading up to the friendly game against Bosnia & Herzegovina, where he did no appear.

Since the 2020 MLS season, he has been a mainstay in the Colorado Rapids central defense, which won the Western Conference title, and gave up only 35 goals over their 34-game schedule.

Being a left-footed central defender, Trusty fills a niche which is valuable to any team. However, despite now being an Arsenal-owned player, he will immediately become a member of their loan army, remaining in Colorado for the first few months of the MLS season, and continuing to be sent out by the Gunners to other teams afterwards.

Arsenal confirmed their plan on their website announcement, which stated, “Trusty, 23, will stay with the Colorado Rapids until at least the end of the Premier League season in May. The intention then is to loan him in Europe for the 2022/23 season to further progress his development.”

Yanks Abroad looks forward to describing Trusty’s career adventure in more detail in a few years in the next installment of Premier League Journeymen.

By David Smith

I'm YA's resident doctor, but not the kind of doctor you would want giving you an examination anywhere outside of a lecture hall. I've been YA's feet-on-the-ground in Germany since 2008, have an affinity for overly verbose descriptions of irrelevant minutiae, keep an eye on YAs in most of the destinations on mainland Europe, and watch a whole lot of Serie A.

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