Shay Facey

NEW YORK | New York City FC announce the signing of Manchester City defender Shay Facey on loan from Manchester City until June 30, 2015.

The England youth international has been training with New York City FC throughout the Club’s pre-season and has played a part in friendly matches in each training camp.

A versatile defender who can play at center back or full back, Facey’s strong performances for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad led to a nomination for the 2013-14 Young Player of the Year award at the Club. He made his senior debut for the Club on the pre-season tour of South Africa against SuperSport United in 2013.

“It’s really exciting for me to be joining New York City FC as we begin our historic inaugural season. The squad and coaches have been fantastic throughout training camps, and I’m happy to be part of something so special,” Facey said. “It been a fantastic experience. The initial idea was just to train with the team for pre-season, but I’ve really enjoyed working with the group and am now very much looking forward to the start of the season. What’s happening at this club is exciting for a player and it’s something we talk about as a group. ”

“The standard has been competitive in training as well as in the matches and I’m looking forward to fighting for my place in the squad and learning from Jason Kreis and the other coaches. It will be a proud moment for me when I make my MLS debut.”

Jason Kreis added: “It’s great for the Club to have added Shay to our ranks. He’s fit in well during pre-season on and off the pitch and his defensive talents will add depth and quality to the back line. Shay is also a versatile defender that can play in numerous positions across the defense. I’m confident he will bring a lot to this roster.”