X Parks the Spot Edition

Hey, folks! I hope your New Year is going well. There is going to be a slight change in the format. I still am going to try this put out this digest every week or so, but I am going to be more abbreviated with my analysis from here on out. The reason for this will be more clear as we get closer to the start of the season.

Keaton Parks Coming To City on Loan

It has been reported by multiple reliable sources that American midfielder Keaton Parks is finalizing a loan deal to NYCFC from Portuguese giants Benfica for the 2019 season. The 21-year old is USMNT capped and would be a huge get for NYCFC looking to replace Yangel Herera.

@TheDummyRun collected some game footage GIFs in this thread.

I know that some fans are disappointed about the lack of player news, but I am a little surprised at the lack of excitement by the fanbase for Parks. This is one of the best moves in MLS so far in the offseason. Parks will instantly slot into starting midfield next to Maxi Moralez and in front of Alexander Ring. Get excited people!

Haak Rumored to Be Close to Signing a Homegrown Contract

17-year-old midfielder Justin Haak, one of the gems of the NYCFC Academy, is reportedly close to signing a homegrown player contract and will further bolster the midfield. Haak had been exploring options overseas and had committed to Maryland for this fall.

Stop Freaking Out About NYCFC Drafting Another Goalkeeper

NYCFC traded $75k GAM to move up and select Marquette goalkeeper Luis Barraza. There were some really bad takes about this pick. David Villa‘s replacement was NOT coming from the Super Draft.

In the era of TAM and homegrown academy players, the SuperDraft is becoming increasingly irrelevant. American goalkeepers are one of the only consistent source of value in the draft.

Coupled with the boatload of GAM NYCFC received for Jack Harrison, the need to have a reliable supply of goalkeepers that can play with their feet, and the fact veteran backup Brad Stuver being very underwhelming, this pick makes a lot of sense even after drafting Jeff Caldwell last year. I wouldn’t be surprised if we draft a keeper next year either.

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Interesting thread on QBFC/Villa motivations

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