The big news of the past two weeks were the official signings of a trio of young American midfielders Keaton Parks, Juan Pablo Torres, and Justin Haak.
Undoubtedly, these moves not only show the hand of Claudio Reyna, but a organizational shift towards valuing American youth players in the USNMT structure that started with the drafting of Jonathan Lewis, and the signing of homegrown players James Sands & Joe Scally.
From a purely economic standpoint, the shift is very understandable. Homegrown players help create cap space. TAM has lead to an increase in international signings, and value of those international roster spots. For a team as dependent on quality international signings for those finite roster spots, the need to maximize domestic depth and production across the board is for the utmost importance.
The big question, especially with the move to retain Ebenezer Ofori on loan this season, is how do all of these young players get minutes. Loans are not going to be out of the question considering the successful loans stints that Andre Rawls, Saad Abdul-Salaam, and James Sands had last year. Expect Haak along with Scally to play heavy minutes for the Academy U19s.
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- NYCFC: Jo-Inge Berget‘s now confirmed departure now leaves a big hole in beard and striker departments.
- NYCFC: The team also announced it had acquired 150k in GAM from the Vancouver Whitecaps for the rights-to-first-refusal of Brazilian winger Lucas Venuto. This means that Venuto, a former teammate of Ismael Tajouri-Shradi at FK Austria Wien. received more than token interest from NYCFC. MLS places a 50k cap on trades involving players on another team’s discovery list that don’t receive a contract offer.
- NY Post: Kyle Schnitzer had a sit-down with Dome Torrent where he talked about the type of DP he would like to sign in the next week or two to replace David Villa. He also gave some insight that he ideally would like NYCFC to line-up in a 433.
- The Athletic: Kristian Dyer had a two-part with Claudio Reyna on NYCFC’s organizational philosophy shifting away from the splashy big name DP signing and relying more on the Academy development pipeline for talent that is just beginning to pump out quality homegrown players.
- The Press & Journal: Aberdeen winger Gary Mackay-Steven is still considering NYCFC’s transfer offer.
- Gazeta Sporturilor: Reports from Romania say that NYCFC had a
€6 million ($6.9 million) rejected for attacker Alexandru Mitriță whose club supposedly is holding out for 8 million euros. The club is said to now be considering other DP option.