March 16, 2023 – Major League Soccer (MLS) – New York City FC News Release
New York, N.Y. – New York City Football Club (NYCFC) today announced that it has signed Midfielder Jonathan ‘Jonny’ Shore to a Homegrown Contract through 2027 with an option for 2028.
The 15-year-old becomes the eleventh Homegrown signing in Club history since the Academy formed in 2015.
Born and raised in New York City, Shore joined NYCFC Academy in 2017 at the age of 10 from Manhattan Kickers and has progressed through the various age groups. A regular fixture for the Club’s U17 Academy team, the young American made his MLS NEXT Pro debut last season making two appearances for NYCFC II.
Director David Lee said: “We are delighted that Jonathan has signed his first professional contract and we are excited that he has committed to continue his football development with the Club over the coming years. Jonathan is an intelligent, creative and dynamic central midfield player who has performed at a high level consistently throughout his time in our Academy and has impressed in his opportunities to train and play with the First Team.
“With the addition of NYCFC II to our Player Pathway, Jonathan will be able to play professional games in MLS NEXT Pro competition which will continue to enhance his development.
“I also want to recognize all the Academy staff who have supported Jonathan’s development from the age of 10. He has a bright future ahead and we are looking forward to continuing to support his development in the coming years to maximize his potential.”
The central midfielder took part in this year’s preseason with the First Team, featuring in five of the six friendly matches, while also being invited to the First Team preseason in 2022. Shore has also been a part of the U.S. U15 and U16 National Teams.
Jonny Shore said: “It’s a huge honor for me and my family to be the next Homegrown signing for this Club. I would like to thank everyone that has played a part in helping me reach this goal, for always believing in me and supporting me throughout this journey. This is not the end but just the beginning, I will continue to work hard every day to improve and help this Club succeed in every way possible.
“This is a Club and City that I hold dear to my heart, being from New York I am proud to represent the greatest city in the world. It’s always been a dream of mine to play professionally and believe this organization is the best place for me to continue my development. I look forward…
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