New York City FC have announced the signing of Scottish winger and former Aberdeen player Gary Mackay-Steven. The player will be joining the team after his contract expires at the end of June.
“The lure of playing in America and in MLS is really attractive to me,” said Mackay-Steven. “It’s always been a draw for me, it’s hard to say no. I can’t wait to get started.”
Mackay-Steven joins the team after a successful run with the Scottish Premier League team Aberdeen FC. He played in 72 games, scoring 16 goals over that stretch. Previously he made his name with Dundee United where he has spent the majority of his career, over 100 appearances. That paved the way for him to become a two-time Scottish champion with the legendary club Celtic FC.
Joining NYCFC as a winger means that the team is flush with talent in that position. Mackay-Steven joins Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Alexandru Mitrita, Ronald Matarrita and Jesus Medina as the players who have primarily taken up that spot on the field. What that means for the reshuffle of talent remains to be seen. However, it still leaves the club with a hole in the backup striker position. Currently Heber is the only player that fills that spot.
“Gary brings the qualities that this club is looking for in an attacking player,” said head coach Dome Torrent. “He’s very good on the ball and likes to run at players in 1-v-1 situations. When he is on the wing, he delivers a quality ball into the box, but can also cut inside and cause the opponent’s defenders a lot of trouble. He is another talented attacker that I can now choose from.”
New York City returns to action on Saturday against the Philadelphia Union at Yankee Stadium. Mackay-Steven isn’t expected to be available for the game.