Two Long Islanders are among 94 players included in the United Soccer Coaches Youth All-American Teams.
Included among the 47 boys honorees is Joe Scally of Lake Grove, who is a member of Major League Soccer’s New York City FC. The girls honorees include Jillian Shimkin of Rockville Centre, who plays her club ball for Albertson SC.
In March, Scally signed his first professional contract with NYCFC and became the team’s second Homegrown Player. James Sands was the club’s first Homegrown Player.
The Lake Grove resident, who will turn 16 this coming New Year’s Eve, played three years above his age group with NYCFC’s Academy. He has also been a member of the U-15 and U-17 U.S. National Teams.
“He has all of the attributes we look for in a right-back: he’s strong in defense and can support in attack to help create chances from wide areas,” Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director, previously said of Scally.
Shimkin was Albertson’s first signing for its GU15 FC Fury 2003 Girls Development Academy team. The Rockville Centre native has emerged as a key player with the GU15 and GU16 youth national teams. In August, Shimkin scored the opening goal for the U.S. U-15 team in its 5-0 win over China. That match was part of the CFA International Women’s Youth Football Tournament in Weifang, China.
“Jill has the poise, balance and work ethic of a player who is destined to play at the professional level,” said Izzy Cotto, FC Fury’s Director of Player Personnel. “Her exposure to the elite level will be fundamental to her growth. She will excel in an environment designed to develop every aspect of a top player.”