Joe Scally turned 15 on New Year’s Eve and today he became the second Homegrown Player signed by New York City FC.
The Lake Grove, N.Y., native is the second youngest player to sign a Major League Soccer contract at 15 years and 89 days. Freddy Adu, who recently joined the United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights, agreed to a contract with D.C. United in 2003 at the age of 14.
Scally joins 17-year old James Sands as the only Homegrown players on the NYCFC first team roster. Like Sands a year ago, Scally will complete the remainder of the school year and then join the senior group full-time for training this summer.
“I’ve wanted to be a professional soccer player ever since I was a little kid,” Scally said. “And to get to do it right here at home in New York, at this club, makes it extra special.”
A regular with the U-15 and U-17 youth national teams, Scally was one of five NYCFC Academy players to participate in preseason. Projected as a right back, Scally played in exhibitions against LAFC, the L.A. Galaxy and Mexican side Atletico San Luis.
“Preseason was a really good time where I learned so much about how to be a professional player, on and off the field,” Scally said. “And of course the game is so much quicker, so you have to learn fast.”
Scally becomes the fifth player from the 2002 age group to earn a Homegrown Player contract in MLS following George Bello (Atlanta United), Gianluca Busio (Sporting KC), Efrain Alvarez (L.A. Galaxy) and Gilbert Fuentes (San Jose Earthquakes).
He will join his NYCFC U-17 teammates in Texas this weekend in the Generation Adidas Cup Champions Division with an impressive list of opponents including Real Madrid.