Lake Grove native Joe Scally cut his soccer-playing chops on soccer fields across Long Island
Now the New York City FC Academy player will soon be making a move to Europe to play with Borussia Monchengladbach of the German Bundesliga. Scally will remain with NYCFC through the 2020 Major League Soccer season and move to Germany in January 2021.
“I was very excited when I heard the news about the transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach,” Scally said. “As a kid, you always want to play in Europe and in one of the best leagues in the world. I couldn’t be happier.
The Bundesliga in recent years has been a landing spot for a host of young U.S. players. Among those currently playing in Germany are former New York Red Bulls midfielder Tyler Adams with RB Leipzig, Weston McKennie at Schalke 04 and Josh Sargent with Werder Bremen.
Scally is the first player to graduate NYCFC’s Academy and be sold to a major European club. The transfer is an unprecedented move for a player who has yet to make his Major League Soccer debut, club officials said.
The initial transfer fee reported to be approximately $2 million is, according to NYCFC, the highest paid for a 16-year old MLS player in league history. With potential bonuses, the seven-figure transfer fee could rise significantly to become one of the highest transfer fees received for an MLS player being transferred to a European club.
“It’s very exciting for Joe to move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach and play in one of the best leagues in the world,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “He’ll remain with us for the 2020 season, but during that time he’ll be able to go over to Germany and begin adapting to those surroundings.”
Scally signed a Homegrown Contract with New York City FC in March 2018 becoming the club’s second Academy Product. At the time of the signing, he was the second-youngest player to ever sign a professional contract in MLS behind Freddy Adu.
He made his professional debut coming on as a substitute for David Villa in the 57th minute in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup 4th Round match against the New York Red Bulls.
The defender helped the NYCFC Academy win multiple trophies during his time in the youth ranks. Scally won the 2017 Generation adidas Cup and the 2018 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship with NYCFC’s Academy and was part of the U-19s impressive showing at the 2019 Dallas Cup.
Scally is one of three Academy Products currently in the NYCFC first team. James Sands signed with the club in 2017 and appeared in 19 league matches this season. Justin Haak, who signed most recently this past January, played in three.