Atlanta United signs Emerson Hyndman from Bournemouth to permanent deal

Atlanta United have signed midfielder Emerson Hyndman to a permanent deal, the club announced on Monday.

Hyndman, who had been loaned to United from Bournemouth in July, put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at the club through 2022.

"We're excited to bring back Emerson on a permanent deal," said Atlanta technical director Carlos Bocanegra. "He played an important role in our midfield after joining the team midseason and will add competition and depth to our group as we prepare to play in various competitions in 2020."

Atlanta had held an option to purchase Hyndman's rights at the end of his loan from Bournemouth. The team acquired Hyndman's MLS discovery rights from Dallas for an international roster slot in 2019 and 2020, plus $200,000 in general allocation money.

Hyndman helped Atlanta to U.S. Open Cup and Campeones Cup titles in his brief spell with the franchise. In all, he made 21 appearances for United, scoring three goals and providing three assists.

Hyndman, the grandson of former Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, joined Fulham's youth academy in 2011 and made his professional debut in August 2014. He signed with Bournemouth on a free transfer in June 2016 and was loaned to Glasgow Rangers and later Hibernian.

He has made two appearances for the senior U.S. national team, but none since 2016.