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Former NYCFC Players: Where Are They Now?

An update on the former Pigeons who have parted with NYCFC since their last game in 2017 or training camp

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Since the end of the 2017 season — and even this past preseason — New York City FC has had a lot of players come and go. It is certainly a lot to keep track of. Here, I am going to let you know where they ended up and how they are doing since leaving the Big Apple. I have assumed all of the academy players have returned to playing with their respective youth teams, so they aren’t covered.

  • RJ Allen was traded to MLS side Orlando City for a third round pick. He has appeared off the bench in both of their games, but has only played 16 minutes thus far. Right now, he is merely a depth option in Orlando, but could get minutes later in the season should any injuries arise.
  • Miguel Camargo returned to Panamanian club Chorrillo FC where he was then sold to Peruvian club Club Deportivo Universidad de San Martín de Porres. It seems like he is still rehabbing his injury.
  • Shannon Gomez was picked up by Sacramento Republic FC of the USL. The Republic kick off their season against NYCFC USL affiliate San Antonio FC on March 17th.
  • Eirik Johansen signed for Sandefjord on a two year contract. He previously played for them in 2014 on loan from Manchester City. They play in the Norwegian top flight, where they were crushed 5-0 in their opening game, for which Johansen was in net.
  • Mikey Lopez and Ryan Felix both joined NYCFC USL affiliate San Antonio FC during the offseason. They kick off their season against Sacramento Republic on March 17th.
  • Jefferson Mena is currently a free agent. He last played for Barcelona SC on loan from NYCFC. Sean Okoli, Ethan White, and John Stertzer are also without contracts since being released by the Bonx Blues. As opposed to continuing his soccer career, White has been spending time pursuing photography.
  • Andraz Struna signed with Anorthosis Famagusta in the Cypriot First Division after being cut by NYCFC. He has made five starts for his new team, totaling 450 minutes.
  • AJ Paterson signed with Philadelphia Union affiliate Bethlehem Steel FC. They begin their season against Richmond Kickers on March 18th.
  • Alex Bumpus — a late-round draft pick for NYCFC — was ultimately not signed by the club. He is currently without a professional contract.
  • Andre Fortune returned to North Carolina FC of the USL. They start their season against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on March 17th.
  • Andrea Pirlo retired and has been enjoying his vacation. Meanwhile, one of his sons has signed with Juventus. Maybe a future NYCFC loan acquisition? He certainly can’t be worse here than his father was.
  • Frederic Brillant was traded to D.C. United for 75,000 in GAM and a 2018 International Roster Spot. He has started both of D.C.’s games at center back.
  • Khiry Shelton was traded to Sporting Kansas City for Saad Abdul-Salaam. He missed out in the NYCFC game due to injury, but started at center forward in the win against the Chicago Fire.
  • Jack Harrison was transferred to Manchester City and subsequently loaned to Middlesbrough FC. Since arriving the Boro, he has made two appearances off the bench for a total of 33 minutes played. As of now, this loan has not quite worked out for him. But hopefully, he will get more minutes soon.

What do you think of these players’ new digs? Who will New York City miss the most? Leave your thoughts, comments, and ideas below.