Scotland International Mackay-Steven Signs With NYCFC

Gary Mackay-Steven. Photo: NYCFC

New York City FC has strengthened its offense with the signing of Scotland international Gary Mackay-Steven. 

He will join the team upon acquisition of a P-1 visa and ITC. Mackay-Steven will be eligible to play for NYCFC after July 9, when the league’s secondary transfer window opens. He most recently was with Aberdeen FC of the Scottish Premier League.

“I’m delighted to finally sign on the dotted line,” said Mackay-Steven. “The lure of playing in America and in MLS is really attractive to me. It’s always been a draw for me, it’s hard to say no. I can’t wait to get started.” 

Mackay-Steven’s youth career began in 2007 at Ross County, before spells in Fulham’s and Liverpool’s academy setups led to a move to Airdrie United where he made his professional debut in 2011.

His promising start at Airdrie led to a transfer to Dundee United. He made more than 100 appearances scoring 21 league goals before earning a transfer to 50-time Scottish champions Celtic.

At Celtic Park, the 28-year old won the Scottish Premier League title in back-to-back-to-back years, also lifting a Scottish Cup in 2016. He then moved to Aberdeen where he scored 16 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions.

At the international level, Mackay-Steven has two caps, making his debut in 2013. In October 2018, he ended a five-year wait for a second senior international cap, assisting a goal as a second-half substitute for Scotland vs. Portugal at Hampden Park.

“Gary brings the qualities that this club is looking for in an attacking player,” said Doménec Torrent, NYCFC’s head coach. “He’s very good on the ball and likes to run at players in 1 v 1 situations. When he is on the wing, he delivers a quality ball into the box, but can also cut inside and cause the opponent’s defenders a lot of trouble. He is another talented attacker that I can now choose from.”