Joe Scally is yet to make his Major League Soccer debut, but he’s already European-bound.
New York City FC’s Homegrown fullback has been sold to Borussia Monchengladbach of the German Bundesliga, the club announced Wednesday. The 16-year-old will remain with NYCFC through the 2020 season and head to Germany in Jan. 2021.
“I was very excited when I heard the news about the transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach,” Scally said in a release. “As a kid you always want to play in Europe and in one of the best leagues in the world. I couldn’t be happier.”
The reported $2 million fee, confirmed by club sources, is the highest paid for a 16-year-old MLS player in league history. With potential bonuses, the fee could rise as high as $7 million.
“It’s very exciting for Joe to move to the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach and play in one of the best leagues in the world,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He’ll remain with us for the 2020 season, but during that time he’ll be able to go over to Germany and begin adapting to those surroundings, so when he goes in January 2021, he is able to hit the ground running.”
Scally, who became NYCFC’s second Homegrown signing in March, 2018, was a key player in the United States’ qualification for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil. He started all three matches during the group stage of the World Cup and assisted on Gianluca Busio’s 3rd-minute goal against Senegal.
Although he’s yet to make his MLS debut, Scally’s first professional appearance came against the New York Red Bulls in the 2018 U.S. Open Cup, coming off the bench in place of David Villa.