Fredrik Gulbrandsen landed in New York, and less than 24 hours later he made his New York Red Bulls debut.
The Norweigan striker, who is joining the team on loan from Red Bull Salzburg, told reporters after the Red Bulls' 1-0 win over Colorado he felt he was familiar with the team's system. Like their New York counterparts, Salzburg plays a high pressing system, as part of the Red Bull global soccer system.
For Gulbrandsen, that allowed for a easy transition with his new club, allowing him to play close to 10 minutes less than a day after landing.
"I think we play very similar to the way Salzburg does so I think it will be easier for me to develop here and to get into the team," Gulbrandsen said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know all the guys and the club and looking forward to playing more.
"I had a little jet lag so I was a little bit tired, but it was OK," he continued. "... it was good to get my debut."
The Red Bulls will hope for a better piece of "synergy" from a fellow Red Bull team ater last year's loan of Omer Damari, who came over for the second half of the 2016 season. The complications of the loan meant that Damari was a designated player for the Red Bulls.
During the regular season, Damari was only able to play 79 minutes in four matches, and seven total minutes in the MLS Cup playoffs. He was able to score one goal during the team's CONCACAF Champions League group stage.
Gulbrandsen scored two goals in nine appearances for Red Bull Salzburg in summer 2016.