Thank you, NYC!
The past six years have truly been incredible. I joined this Club as part of a trade from Atlanta United in 2017. I thought I was heading home to Georgia, but I ended up building a new one in this amazing city.
I arrived with a chip on my shoulder – that New Yorker mentality -- based on how things shook out with Atlanta, and when they won MLS Cup in 2018 it only stoked the fire in me to bring that same success to this Club and this city.
I quickly realized I was wanted here and I found a family - not just in my teammates and coaches, but with you, the fans.
That bond allowed us to survive the tough moments together and celebrate the successes too.
You always held us accountable and you always gave us your support.
At Yankee Stadium, at Citi Field, wherever we went, you followed. There are countless games I look back on, but I remember in Philadelphia and Portland in 2021, when those goals went in, to hear that silence and then your roar fill that stadium, it still gives me goosebumps.
It was an honor to be your captain.
One of my first conversations at this Club was with goalkeeping coach Rob Vartughian. We talked about the culture of this city, about my goals, and I saw firsthand this Club’s commitment to excellence.
Just like you fans, Rob gave me honesty every time I needed it and his standards never wavered. To see that level of consistency, year in and year out, and the impact he's had on myself and the team from day one is something I will forever appreciate. Love you brother.
Together we lifted MLS Cup, Campeones Cup, and I achieved a childhood dream of being selected to represent my country at a World Cup.
In Rob, Nick, and the rest of the players and staff I know the Club is in great hands. They carry those same standards, and now Nick can drive things forward as Head Coach.
Lastly, I want you to know I'll cherish every moment with this organization.
My time in New York has come to an end, but the memories we made will live on eternally.
Until next time, New York, forever blue 💙