Saunders, NYCFC Reach Multi-Year Agreement

Josh Saunders will return as NYCFC’s keeper. (Photo via

New York City FC and goalkeeper Josh Saunders have reach a new multi-year contract agreement, details of which are not disclosed.

During the team’s inaugural season in 2015 Saunders started 33 games recording four clean sheets. He led Major League Soccer with 124 saves and was named NYCFC Defensive Player of the Year.

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“I love playing for this club,” Saunders said in a statement released on the team’s website. “It’s a great honor for me and I’m definitely looking forward to playing in front of our fans again next season. I think the bond with the supporters is great. Having them truly cheer for people that they care for is great.”

Saunders also credited goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian for helping him to a successful first season in New York.

“Rob helped me tremendously,” the keeper said. “He put in a lot of work with me early on in the year and his work showed in my performances. I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done and I look forward to working with him again.”

Throughout the season Saunders was nominated for Major League Soccer’s “Save of the Week” 11 times during the 2015 season and won New York City FC’s Etihad Airways Player of the Month on three separate occasions (March, April and October).