Two key cogs in New York City FC’s (NYCFC) successful run to the playoffs in 2016 will be back on the Yankee Stadium pitch for the 2017 season.
Tommy McNamara and RJ Allen each have signed new contracts with the club.
Since joining NYCFC through the 2015 Expansion Draft, McNamara — a native of West Nyack, N.Y. — has appeared in 49 league match over the past two season and has 10 goals and 12 assists. Allen, a native of Old Bridge, NJ, made his New York City debut versus Seattle Sounders on May 3, 2015, and appeared in 24 league matches during the 2016 season.
“I’m really excited to have signed a new deal,” McNamara told NYCFC.com. “It’s been a very enjoyable two years and to be here from the opening day to where we are now, I know this club has helped me to grow in so many ways.”
[Tommy McNamara highlights]
Allen told NYCFC.com, “I hope to be around this football club for a long time – I love this city, I love this football club and all the people involved with it. It means the world to me to have the opportunity to play in front of my friends and family week-in and week-out and it’s something I don’t take for granted.”
[RJ Allen highlights]
Head Coach Patrick Vieira noted the important roles both McNamara and Allen played for the team during the past season.
“They are the perfect examples of the types of people we want in this squad, serving as role models for what can be achieved with hard work and love of the game,” he said. “You can also see how much representing a team in their home city means to them, which means it’s extra pleasing to have them on board for our coming challenges.”