New York City FC entered the 2016 MLS SuperDraft with the fourth overall pick, but ended the day with the top pick in the draft.
Jack Harrison, who was selected number one by the Chicago Fire, was acquired by NYCFC in a trade that included the team’s fourth pick and allocation money heading to the Windy City. The 19-year old freshman played his college soccer at Wake Forest, where in the 2015 season he tallied 8 goals and 11 assist and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
Prior to his time in North Carolina, the former Manchester United academy product won the 2014-15 Gatorade National Player of the Year award in his final season at Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass. The Bolton, England, native also played with New York City FC Youth Affiliate, Manhattan Soccer Club, for the past three years.
“He’s a modern winger. He can come inside, he can go on the line, he can score goals, and he’s really good in the 1-v-1 situations,” said Patrick Vieira, New York City FC head coach. “He’s the type of modern winger than you like to have in the team. He’s young, but I’m sure he will have a massive part to play in our squad. He’s enthusiastic, he’s full of energy, and this is what we want.”
Harrison said he is looking forward to working with Vieira and playing professional soccer in a place he calls his second home.
“The fans at Yankee Stadium are just amazing,” he said. “I’ve been to matches there – so I’m greatly looking forward to playing in front of them and hopefully giving them lots to cheer about. I’m just so excited to be a part of this club.”