New York City FC has announced its decisions following the 2022 MLS season.
Despite losing head coach Ronny Deila and Golden Boot-winning forward Taty Castellanos midway through the campaign, NYCFC once again enjoyed success with a run to the Eastern Conference Final and a Campeones Cup title.
In preparation for 2023, the Cityzens have exercised contract options on Maxi Moralez, Kevin O’Toole, Nicolas Benalcazar and Jonathan Jimenez.
However, Vuk Latinovich, Matias Pellegrini and Gedion Zelalem have all seen their options rejected and will now leave the club.
Justin Haak, Alex Callens and Sean Johnson are all out of contract and available for free agency, although the latter two will be among the most sought after in the MLS offseason, so there’s every chance NYCFC will try to renegotiate terms.
The loan spell of Santiago Rodríguez from Montevideo City expires on December 31, with no indication from the club that they intend to either extend it or sign him on a permanent basis.
NYCFC has agreed to new contracts with Cody Mizell through 2024 and Samuel Owusu through 2023 with options for 2024 and 2025.
“We are proud of what the team was able to achieve last season. Winning the Campeones Cup, making it back to the conference finals and reaching the semifinals of the Concacaf Champions League is no easy feat and every player in the squad has contributed to our success,” said NYCFC’s sporting director David Lee in a press release.claim.
“Keeping a squad together in MLS is incredibly challenging, especially when you have successful seasons like we’ve had, but we continue to be in discussions with all players who are out of contract to return in 2023.
“I would like to thank all the players who are leaving for playing a critical role in our success last season and helping to build a winning culture in this organization. We would like to thank everyone for their professionalism and contributions, and we wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Right now, the NYCFC roster for the 2023 season is as follows:
Goalies (2): Luis Barraza, Cody Mizell
Defenders (9): Malte Amundsen, Nicolas Benalcazar, Maxime Chanot, Chris Gloster, Tayvon Gray, Thiago Martins, Christian McFarlane, Kevin O’Toole, Samuel Owusu
Midfielders (6): Nicolas Acevedo, Maximo Carrizo, Alfredo Morales, Maxi Moralez, Keaton Parks, James Sands*
Forwards (8): Thiago Andrade, Valentin Castellanos*, Héber, Andres Jasson, Jonathan Jimenez, Talles Magno, Alexandru Mitrita*, Gabriel Pereira
*Valentin Castellanos (Girona FC, Spain), Alexandru Mitrita (Al Raed FC, Saudi Arabia) and James Sands (Rangers FC, Scotland) are all on loan until 30 June 2023.
NYCFC’s roster decision comes after reports that the club has finally agreed to move to a new 25,000-capacity stadium in Queens in 2027.
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