Three NYCFC players have received U.S Green Cards, freeing up three International Player spots for the 2017 MLS season.
Jack Harrison, Eirik Johansen and Ronald Matarrita have all been granted permanent resident status in the United States, effective immediately.
As residents, the three players will no longer occupy International Player slots on the roster, meaning NYCFC are now using nine International Player slots out of a possible ten.
Harrison becomes a resident of the United States following six years in the country.
Aged 14, Jack left the United Kingdom to attend Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts, before he joined NYCFC in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft after a year at Wake Forest University.
Johansen left Manchester City FC for NYCFC in March 2015 and made his debut for the team in the US Open Cup match against New York Cosmos in June 2015, before making his MLS debut against Columbus Crew in October 2016.
Costa Rican international Matarrita signed to NYCFC from Alajuelense in January 2016 and has since made 25 Regular Season appearances, scoring two goals.
Each MLS team starts every year with eight roster slots for International Players.
NYCFC acquired one extra spot in 2016 and 2017 as part of the trade which took Patrick Mullins to DC United and the tenth spot for 2017 came from Colorado Rapids in a trade which took place on February 10, in exchange for $75k GAM (General Allocation Money).
Canadian-born Kwame Awuah is considered a domestic player as part of the Generation adidas Canada initiative – a joint taskforce between MLS and the Canadian Soccer Association.
Both of NYCFC’s additional International spots acquired from Colorado Rapids and DC United will expire at the end of the 2017 season.