Vieira praises “quick” Facey, declares Angelino “best” Man City youth product

IMAGE, MCFC.CO.UK

by CHRISTIAN ARAOS
Staff Writer

With the extension of defender Shay Facey’s contract to the end of the MLS season and the arrival of Angelino next month, New York City FC will have two players on loan from Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad.

Patrick Vieira, the Elite Development Squad’s Head Coach, has worked with Facey and Angelino at Manchester City and will be attending this Sunday’s match against the New York Red Bulls. He will have his eye on Facey, who he said turned a corner in his development since switching to centerback while playing for NYCFC.

“I think there is better to come from him,” Vieira said. “He will surprise people. He needs to believe more in himself because he doesn’t know how good he is.”

Facey has started in each of NYCFC’s last three league matches at his natural center back position. The team has won all three of those matches, only allowing two goals in the process. Head Coach Jason Kreis attributed the team’s turnaround to an increase in confidence amongst his players and Facey makes a good example of that.

Vieira said Facey’s confidence should improve as he matures.

“Sometimes, he has some doubt about his ability and that puts him down a little bit when he makes a mistake,” Vieira said. “When he grows up and becomes more of a man, he will be a real interesting player because he’s quick, really quick and really, really quick, he’s good on the ball and technically he can play football.”

Vieira also spoke glowingly of Angelino. The 18-year-old Spanish fullback will officially join NYCFC when the transfer window opens on July 8 and has played on either the left or right side for the Elite Development Squad. Angelino is very highly rated by the Manchester City staff and has already made the first team for Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini.

Vieira said Angelino is a model professional.

“I’ve been working the youth development with City for the last two years. Angelino was the best player I had,” Vieira said. “The person, the football, the respect, the completion of the boy, of the player…I’m in love with him.”

“He is a good player that I really enjoyed coaching because he will be the first in training, he will be the last to leave, he will do extra even if you don’t ask him. He loves football and for a manager, it’s fantastic. He loves playing football and he’s talented.”

Vieira added that Kreis and Angelino are already well acquainted with each other dating back to Kreis’ time working with Manchester City last year. Vieira said that experience will help foster Angelino’s development in the coming months.

“Jason knows how he is as a person, he knows his strength, he knows his weakness and Jason will help him to develop himself,” Vieira said. “This is the reason why he’s coming because Jason knows him and Jason knows that having Angelino in his squad will improve his squad as well.”

  • chepe pedos

    did anybody at manchester city forget to train facey on penalty kicks

  • Anthony

    Where was the part where Viera called NYCFC a stepping stone for MCFC players? lol FARM TEAM!! God, how can anyone support this nonsense.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah who could support a team with access to players like Facey and Angelino?

      • Anthony

        Not anyone with any damn sense. Listen, if you are cool with Manchester City’s brand apparatus owning a team here and passing it off as a NYC team…good for you. If you are fine with begin a subservient entity to a team from a city 1/8th the size population as Brooklyn…ok then. But i guess getting up and coming no names from Citeh makes it all better. What a joke.

        • slowleftarm

          Seems to me it’s still beats watching MLS rejects play minor league soccer in front of 3k in Hempstead.

        • Anonymous

          Manchester maybe 1/8th the size of Brooklyn but what’s the capacity of the Etihad compared to Yankee Stadium for NYCFC games?

          • Alan

            Wow Brooklyn has 21 million people? Yes NYCFC if your happy with watching players David Villa, Frank Lampard and looks like Pirlo then good for you lol Why not follow a team that’s named after an Austrian energy drink, but not actually in NYC?

  • Anthony

    How do the loans work exactly? If MLS is paying for the salary these kids surely make more than MLS max salary. If MCFC is paying the whole salary, how does MLS reconcile the fact one team gets to acquire players exclusively for free?? IIRC the league refused to allow Red Bull to do that with Austria in 2006-2008 and had to allocate significant salary of the player to the cap and limited the transactions only to the extent the team submitted a discovery claim.

    • Gazza

      NYCFC pays the entire salary for players loaned from Man City. If it was from another club they could pay a portion.

      All teams in MLS can get loaned players for free.

      • Anthony

        Wait, are you suggesting that MCFC can simply pay the wages themselves and give their MLS farm team any of their players they want and the MLS team will not have to account of any of them under the cap? Nor do they have to abide by any of MLS’s player allocation rules? Isnt this exactly what MLS forbid RB to do with Austria in the past, and do people not see the major issue with this in a single entity league structure?

        • Gazza

          No – I’m saying the opposite. NYCFC pays the full wages of any loaned player from MCFC and it is accounted for in the NYCFC salary budget. Same with RedBull NY and Austria. Same with Rapids and Arsenal.

          • Anthony

            So what do they claim these MCFC players are making, because i can assure you they make A LOT of money even as reserves at a club like MCFC.

            • slowleftarm

              I don’t think youth players even at big clubs make as much as you think. I doubt that those players make more than the MLS non-DP max for instance. If these guys are playing U21 PL games, they probably aren’t making anywhere near that much.

            • Gazza

              They aren’t “claiming” anything – they are just looking at their contract. It’s the EPL where all the contracts are registered. It’s not the Nigerian 2nd division.

    • Alan

      Wow Anthony are you a rag in disguise? You seem bitter, how can Shay Facey be on more than Frank Lampard?

  • Gazza

    All MLS teams can get loaned players for free – as in no transfer fee – but the salary is attributed to the salary budget. If the clubs are affiliated the full player salary goes to the budget. If they are not affiliated like the case of Toronto FC – Queen’s Park Rangers and Julio Cesar the clubs can negotiate how much the MLS teams pays – which was around 20% in that case.