Corben Bone signs with Hammerheads, trains with NYCFC

Corben Bone NYCFC

The 2015 season has yet to begin, but New York City FC are already harvesting the fruits of their USL Pro affiliation with the Wilmington Hammerheads.

The Hammerheads signed 2014 Philadelphia Union loanee Corben Bone to a USL Pro deal this week. However, the 26-year-old midfielder has since begun training with MLS affiliate, NYCFC.

“The opportunity to train with NYCFC this preseason is one that I am very grateful for,” said Bone in a Hammerheads statement. “They are one of the most anticipated clubs in MLS history, and to be a part of that, however small, is a great honor. It gives me a unique chance to prepare for the upcoming season with the Hammerheads by playing with some of the top players in MLS.

“The partnership between NYCFC and the Hammerheads is a very exciting one for both clubs, and I’m sure the players, staff, and fans from both sides are anxious to help each other become better organizations.”

After receiving scant minutes at the Union, Bone was loaned to Wilmington, appearing in 10 matches and scoring a pair of goals. “I am extremely excited to be joining the Wilmington Hammerheads for the 2015 season,” said Bone. “The short time I was with the team during the 2014 season displayed the quality of not only the team, but the city of Wilmington.”

His USL Pro production, along with his limited MLS playing time, opened doors for Bone to join the Hammerheads full time. “After Corben’s loan stint with us last year, it became a major priority to get him signed on with us this season,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Technical Director and Head Coach Carson Porter. “His soccer is of the highest quality and speaks for itself, but he also brings great energy and spirit into our locker room.”

Through the affiliation deal, both teams and Bone find opportunities in their network. NYCFC have a chance to take a good look at a former MLS prospect. Wilmington are assured safe keeping of their talent, who will only benefit from added training. Meanwhile, Bone has the chance to make a memorable impression on Jason Kreis and his staff. In fact, Bone is expected to join NYCFC for their Florida training camp.

“The timing of our partnership with NYCFC was perfect and we are really happy to start this partnership with Corben joining their preseason,” said Porter. “Corben is a guy that Jason Kreis has liked for some time and it was a chance for them to get a look at him, as well as a chance for Corben to sharpen his game before he joins us in March.

“At this club the players come first, period,” said Porter. “I don’t think Corben has played his last game in MLS, and as he helps us chase our goals, we will help him chase his. We are delighted to have him back.”