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Maximo Carrizo makes professional debut at age 14

The youngest signing in MLS history subbed on in NYCFC II’s penalty shootout win over Inter Miami II.

NYCFC signed Maximo Carrizo on his 14th birthday | Courtesy

Maximo Carrizo made his professional debut on Sunday when NCYCF II drew Inter Miami II in regular time then went on to win the penalty shootout. The midfielder came on as a substitute in the 83rd minute and helped see out the game. 

A product of the NYCFC AcademyCarrizo signed with New York City on his 14th birthday, making him the youngest signing in the history of MLS. The midfielder trained with the Senior Team earlier this year, and featured in the U-15 team that participated in the Generation adidas Cup tournament in the spring, but this was his first appearance for NYCFC II, a professional team that competes in the third-tier league MLS NEXT Pro.

Raised in Manhattan, Carrizo first came to the attention of New York City in 2017, when he attended NYCFC Summer Camp as a nine-year-old. After impressing the coaches he was invited to join the NYCFC Academy the following year as a U-12 player, then was named to the U-15 squad for the MLS Next Playoffs later that same season. 

In Sunday’s game against Inter Miami II, Carrizo replaced Chris Gloster, a defender who regularly plays with the Senior Team, and was on the field with other MLS regulars Andres Jasson and Luis Barraza.

Carrizo did not feature in the penalty shootout that secured the extra point for NYCFC II and lifted the team into second place in the Eastern Division, one point above Rochester NY FC (nee Rochester Rhinos). While Inter Miami II made two and missed two penalties (Romeo Beckham scored his), NYCFC II converted all four penalties they took: The winning penalty was buried by goalkeeper Luis Barraza.