Atlanta United announced today that it has signed United States international Emerson Hyndman on loan from the Premier League’s AFC Bournemouth, with an option to purchase after the 2019 season. The move was made by virtue of Atlanta sending international slots for this season and next, along with $200,000 in GAM, to FC Dallas for Hyndman’s Discovery Rights.
Hyndman, 23, is a central midfielder who has plied his trade in England and Scotland. He graduated from Fulham’s academy and made 25 appearances in the Championship over two seasons at the club. When his contract expired, he signed with Bournemouth in the Premier League, but failed to break into the first team during his tenure, making only two Premier League appearances. He spent seasons at Rangers and Hibernian in the Scottish Premier League on loan.
Hyndman is a technician in midfield, making up for his lack of size with good first touch and close control. He can play either as a deep lying playmaker or a more advanced attacking midfielder.
At the international level, Hyndman has represented the United States youth teams at the U-17, U-20 and U-23 levels. He was a key player and started all five games for the United States in the U-20 World Cup in 2015.
Hyndman is also connected to FC Dallas, where his grandfather Schellas Hyndman was once the head coach. He played in the FC Dallas Academy prior to moving to Fulham.
Hyndman will occupy the senior roster spot that was recently vacated by Romario Williams’ departure to the Columbus Crew.