Today New York City Football Club (NYCFC) announced that it has signed defender Mitja Ilenič from Slovenian side NK Domžale through 2026 with an option for 2027, pending receipt of his ITC and P1 visa.
The Slovenian right-back made 32 appearances in Slovenia's first division, the PrvaLiga, scoring three goals across all competitions with The Yellows. The 18-year-old has also made seven appearances for the youth national team. Ilenič became the second youngest player to represent the U21 Slovenian National Team at the age of 17 years two months and 27 days.
Sporting Director David Lee said: “I am delighted to welcome Mitja to New York. We are always looking to attract young talent to our Club from across the world. Despite his age, Mitja has already accumulated a significant amount of senior football experience and was one of the most highly sought-after young talents in Europe. It’s a testament to the work we have done in the past years, that New York City Football Club will continue to be seen as the best place for young players to impact our team, compete for Championships and develop their game to reach their maximum potential.
“Ilenič is an attack minded right back who is comfortable in possession, has excellent physical attributes and can impact the game in the final third. We will support Mitja as it’s his first move to a club outside his home country, and as he adapts to a new environment. We look forward to seeing him compete and contribute this season and beyond.”
Mitja made his professional debut for Domžale in May 2021 in a league fixture against NK Aluminij Kidricevo at only 16-years-old. The talented right-back has also played in the UEFA Youth League and represented Slovenia during UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifying.
Mitja Ilenič said: “I am excited to join NYCFC. It is a great Club with a strong coaching staff and talented players. I want to help the team compete across all competitions this season and look forward to meeting the team in preseason.
“I want to thank the Club for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to continue my development. I will work hard every day to improve and contribute in any way possible. It’s an honor to be representing New York City, I look forward to playing our first game at home in front of our fans.
Transaction: New York City Football Club signs defender Mitja Ilenič from NK Domžale through 2026 with an option for 2027.
Name: Mitja Ilenič
Date of Birth: December 26, 2004
Height: 5’ 10”