NYCFC Sign First Round Draft Pick Barraza

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Luis Barraza. Image: New York City FC

Luis Barraza was New York City FC‘s first pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft and now, the former Marquette University star has signed his first professional contract.

The 12th overall pick, Barraza is the sixth New York City offseason acquisition. The team previously signed Tony Rocha, Keaton Parks, Ebenezer Ofori, Justin Haak and Juan Pablo Torres.

“It’s one of the happiest moments of my life without a doubt,” Barraza said after signing his contract. “I’m thankful for everyone that’s helped me get to where I am today. Most importantly my family who have supported and believed in me since day one.

NYCFC traded $75,000 of General Allocation Money and the 19th overall pick to LA Galaxy for the 12thvoverall pick. The pick was used to draft Barraza.

He recently graduated after four years at Marquette University where he claimed the Big East Conference Goalkeeper of the Year award in 2018 and was also named to the First Team All-Big East Conference.

“Luis is a very good goalkeeper with a bright future,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “He’s someone who we really like and adds more depth to the goalkeeper position. We think it’s really valuable in MLS to have a very solid corps of goalkeepers pushing each other.

Barraza joins a goalkeeper group that includes Sean Johnson, Brad Stuver and Jeff Caldwell.

“The reason we have four goalkeepers is because each of them has different qualities,” said Doménec Torrent, NYCFC’s Head Coach. “We like to play with a build-up and Luis has a quality that is very important to us because he’s comfortable when he has the ball on the ground.”

Earlier in his youth career, Barraza was part of the academy setup at Real Salt Lake-Arizona where he won the U-15/U-16 USSDA Championships in 2013, also finishing as a runner-up in 2015.