NYCFC has been pretty consistent with getting their young players game time in 2021. Despite being in their first full season with the club, manager Ronny Deila has found use for Homegrown signings Tayvon Gray and Andres Jasson over the course of the season.
One player that has not factored into the equation thus far is young midfielder Justin Haak who has not yet seen a single minute this season.
This is quite understandable as New York City’s current midfield is a crowded one with talents such as Keaton Parks, Cacha Acevedo, Alfredo Morales, and even James Sands all vying for spots in the central midfield. This has left Haak — who has only had three appearances with the first team since signing in 2019 — as the odd man out thus far.
Yesterday, NYCFC sent the 19-year-old midfielder was loaned to Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship for the remainder of the 2021 season.
This will be Haak’s second loan appearance with Hartford. Last season, the NYCFC Homegrown appeared 7 times for Hartford and scored his first professional goal on a set piece.
If this second stint in the USL Championship can help Haak make significant inroads towards developing as a player, it’s worth it. The Brooklyn native was highly touted while with City’s Academy and I’m there’s nothing the organization would like more than to see him reach that potential, which would not only make him a potential first-team regular in the future, but also open to NYCFC making bank on him in the future much like they did with Joe Scally.