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New York City signs defender R.J. Allen

The New Jersey native and 2011 Monmouth grad projects at fullback, and has experience coaching one of New York City's local youth affiliates.

Amid a spate of injuries accenting a poor run of form, New York City FC have signed R.J. Allen, a product of Old Bridge, New Jersey, to bolster their defense.

Injuries to Jason Hernandez, Josh Williams, and Shay Facey have left Jason Kreis & Co. with few options along the back line. Allen, a former two-time NCAA All-American at Monmouth, was selected fifth in the 2012 MLS Dispersal Draft by Chivas USA, but did not sign.

He played his most recent professional season with Skive IK in the Danish third tier, and had previously trained with DC United (2013) and with NASL clubs New York Cosmos ('13) and Orlando City ('14).

Allen, whose instincts are to get forward on the attack, projects at right fullback. He has also played midfield at the amateur level. He produced 7 goals and 23 assists in his four years at Monmouth, and led the entire Northeast Conference in assists his sophomore year (8).

R.J. may be the new kid on the block, but he's no stranger to the club's organization. He has recently spent time coaching the Staten Island United boys' team, an amateur affiliate of NYCFC, and has been an assistant coach with the men's team at the College of Staten Island.