New York City FC signs 15-year-old Scally

New York City FC signed Joe Scally, who turned 15 on New Year’s Eve, to his first pro contract. The right back had spent much of the MLS preseason with the first team in Florida, California and Mexico.

Class of 2002: In the pros

Scally, who has played on the U.S. U-17s, will finish out the school year before commencing full-time training with the seniors in the summer.
 
“It’s a dream come true for me," said Scally, who hails from Lake Grove, N.Y. "I’ve wanted to be a professional soccer player ever since I was a little kid and to get to do it right here at home in New York, at this club, makes it extra special. It was an easy decision, there are so many great professional coaches and players here who can help me improve every aspect of my game."
 
Scally has been playing three years up with the NYCFC's U-18/19s. Six academy players spent parts of preseason with NYCFC's first team.

“Joe has been one of the top performers in the academy for the past few seasons and represented U.S. Soccer at U-15 and U-17 level," said NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna. "He has all of the attributes we look for in a right-back: he’s strong in defense and can support in attack to help create chances from wide areas.”

Scally will join NYCFC U-17s for games against Real Madrid, Atletico Paranaense and Sporting KC in the Generation adidas Cup that begins Friday in Frisco, Texas.

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