With just a little over a month remaining until the beginning of the winter international transfer window, New York City FC have made their first official signing of the offseason.
Earlier today, NYCFC announced that they had signed highly touted Academy defender/midfielder Tayvon Gray to a Homegrown Contract with the club.
"I'm a Bronx kid."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) November 26, 2019
Welcome to the First Team, Tayvon!
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Gray, who is still only 17, has had much hype around him for the past year. In the lead-up to the 2019 season, we ran a piece covering Gray’s impressive outing with the USMNT U-17 side during the Nike International Friendlies last year in Brazil. Since then, the Bronx native has been a stalwart with the Baby Yanks, participating in the U-17 World Cup earlier this year.
Primarily a center back but also able to play as a holding midfielder and even as a right back, Gray is a versatile player whom NYCFC can definitely find a use for almost immediately should the climate be ripe for experimentation.
Joining James Sands, Justin Haak, and the Bundesliga-bound Joe Scally, Gray becomes NYCFC’s fourth-ever HGP signing in the team’s history.