New York City FC has signed its second Homegrown Player as Joe Scally has inked his first professional contract. The 15-year old is the second player to graduate from the team’s academy, following James Sands who signed in 2017 as NYCFC’s first Homegrown Player.
Scally, who joined the first-team on their preseason training camps in Jacksonville, LA and Mexico, will finish out the remainder of the school year before commencing full-time training with the seniors in the summer.
“It’s a dream come true for me, I’ve wanted to be a professional soccer player ever since I was a little kid and to get to do it right here at home in New York, at this club, makes it extra special,” he told NYCFC.com “It was an easy decision, there are so many great professional coaches and players here who can help me improve every aspect of my game.
Despite only turning 15 on New Year’s Eve, Scally has played three years above his age group with the Academy and has been an important part of the U.S. U-15 and U-17 national teams. He was also a key member of the NYCFC U-17 team which lifted the club’s first piece of silverware at last spring’s Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Tex.
In signing with NYCFC, Scally becomes the fifth player from his 2002-year age group to earn a Homegrown Player contract in MLS, following George Bello (Atlanta United), Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC), Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy) and Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes).
“Joe is a really young prospect in our football club, he has really good pace, he’s good at going forward and his quality will fit really well with the way we want to play,” said Patrick Vieira, NYCFC head coach. “I know that he’s really young but I think signing his first professional contract is really good for the club and for him — he deserves it, he’s got the talent.”