Earlier this afternoon, New York City FC announced they re-signed Homegrown midfielder Justin Haak through the 2025 season with an option for 2026. A native of Bushwick, Brooklyn, Haak joined NYCFC’s inaugural Academy team in 2015, and signed his first professional contract with the club in 2019.
The 21-year-old central midfielder started 2022 featuring regularly for NYCFC II in MLS Next Pro, but was called up to the Senior Team when midsummer injuries forced Head Coach Nick Cushing to fill out his gameday squads with reserve players. Haak made his first MLS Starting XI on July 14, when NYCFC ground out a tough away win against heavily favored FC Dallas in the punishing Texas heat. Haak played the full 90 minutes in that game.
After that win Haak became a regular fixture on the gameday lineup, making seven starts and 15 appearances during the regular season and logging 760 minutes total. Haak also appeared in two MLS Cup Playoff games.
The central midfielder had a guaranteed salary of just $85,444 last season. The 2023 payroll for all MLS clubs including NYCFC will be released in May.
Officially, the 6’ 0” Haak weighs in at 165 pounds. The lanky player will likely feature prominently in an NYCFC squad that has lost five key starters in recent weeks, including midfielders Cacha Acevedo (loaned to Esporte Clube Bahia), Maxi Moralez (signed with Racing Club de Avellaneda), and Santi Rodriguez (rumored to move to Bahia). Even though NYCFC is bound to sign more midfielders, Haak knows how to play within the club’s system and has earned the trust of Cushing.
Haak was part of the Club’s first-ever Academy team, the U14s in 2015, progressing through the entire pathway, helping the Club claim the Generation Adidas Cup and the USDA Championship in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
“Justin is the perfect example of the local talent we have here in the five boroughs. As a Club, we are committed to continuing to identify young talent and giving them all the tools necessary to develop,” said Sporting Director David Lee. “Justin’s has taken full advantage of his opportunity with his work ethic and performances. We look forward to helping Justin achieve his full potential while contributing to the success of our Club.”
You can find NYCFC’s full statement here.