The Saints ace opened his account for the MLS side in a bittersweet night for him and his club.
Southampton loanee Josh Sims opened his account for current club New York Red Bulls with a goal that the MLS outfit proudly showed off on their Twitter channel.
The 22-year-old left the Saints on 7 August to join the US east coast club on loan until the end of the 2019 season, being added to their roster as a Young Designated Player (NYRB website).
On Sunday, Sims opened the scoring for the Red Bulls in their 2019 MLS Cup Playoff first-round clash against Philadephia Union at the Talen Energy Stadium, latching onto Kaku’s pass, taking two touches and rifling an effort from 20 yards out beyond the opposition goalkeeper in the sixth minute.
On Twitter, the Red Bulls described his goal as “too good”:
However, it turned out to be a bittersweet day for Sims, who had to leave the field through what appeared to be a head injury after 29 minutes and, despite his side leading 2-0 at the time and 3-1 at the break, the New York side was eliminated 4-3 after extra time, putting an end to their season (Southampton website).
As of yet there have been no updates on Sims’ injury or what his plans – and those of his parent club – are regarding where and when he will be playing next – a shot in the Southampton senior team, in the Under-23s, or perhaps another loan switch – following the conclusion of the Red Bulls’ 2019 campaign.