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.
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
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.
Tweets & Tubes & Pods Oh My
Links, Links, Links
- Expressen.se: Rumors out of Sweden that Jo Inge Berget is angling for a return back to Scandinavia. A mutual termination would clear significant salary cap space for NYCFC.
- Front Row Soccer: Michael Lewis had got a nice quote from Dome Torrent about how the club is planning to replace David Villa.
- NY Post: Kyle Schnitzer had a nice pre-Camp Cupcake article on Jonathan Lewis.
- Pro Soccer USA: Glenn Crooks also had a feature on Jonathan Lewis and his relationship with Gregg Berhalter.
- FloSports: Harrison Hamm also featured Jonathan Lewis on his list predicting the next MLS break-out stars.
- MLS Female: Keira Mun Smith had a summary of NYCFC fan outrage this offseason.
- MCFC Watch: Despite Claudio Reyna requesting another loan spell, Yangel Herrera is getting a lot of interest from European clubs. He will likely go on loan somewhere in France or Spain.
- Sky Sports: There is confirmed interest by NYCFC in Aberdeen winger Gary Mackay-Steven.