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Transfer News: Brandon Allen joins Minnesota United on Loan

Despite being in the 18-man lineup against New England in the last game, Brandon Allen has not seen the field for the Red Bulls all season.

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The Red Bulls are sending one of their young forwards out on loan to earn him some minutes.

On Saturday morning the New York Red Bulls announced that 23-year-old forward Brandon Allen is being loaned to Minnesota United FC for the remainder of the season. Allen appeared on the bench this past Thursday against the New England Revolution, but has not seen the field for Jesse Marsch's side this season, and has not appeared at all since the early 2016 season.

Allen earned numerous honors for his strong play in the USL last season. After scoring 15 goals in 28 league matches he was named USL Rookie of the Year and was named to the All-League First-Team. Allen was also a finalist for USL MVP, but lost to FC Cincinnati's Sean Okoli.

But it was in the USL playoffs where he really stood out. He scored two penalty kick goals against the Rochester Rhinos in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, and capped off his campaign with a hat-trick against Swope Park Rangers in the USL Championship Game, earning USL Championship MVP honors following a 5-1 victory.

Though Allen remained on the Red Bulls roster for 2017, he was once again placed on John Wolyniec's side, and proceeded to score nine goals in 14 games in USL play.

In joining Minnesota United he joins a team that hasn't had nearly as much trouble scoring goals as keeping them out of their own net. However, with rookie forward Abu Danladi out for an undetermined amount of time, Allen may be deployed as a backup forward.

Good luck Brandon!