NYCFC Notes: Facey loan extended, Meara injury, Dunn, Fitzgerald waived, more

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The start of his New York City FC career may have left a bit to be desired, but there is no question since his move to centerback, Shay Facey has been a pivotal contributor for the club.

Now, he will stick around to see through his contributions.

NYCFC announced an extension of Facey’s loan from Manchester City through the rest of the MLS season.

“I’m really excited to be staying in New York,” Facey said in a club statement. “It gives me a chance to keep learning and continue playing first-team football at a really high level. This is a fantastic place to be, the fans are incredible and it feels like we are building something very special.”

After an 11-match winless streak, NYCFC have turned their fortunes going four matches unbeaten and riding a three match winning streak. It is no coincidence that turnaround happened when Facey turned to his natural centerback position.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Shay will continue to be an integral part of our club for the remainder of the season,” head coach Jason Kreis said. “Shay has put in some really strong performances, especially in the last three or four games. He’s a young player and it’s a testament to his talent that he’s adjusted so quickly to MLS.”

RYAN MEARA INJURED

Wondering where Ryan Meara was against the New York Cosmos last week?

As it turns out, the Red Bulls’ loanee picked up an injury, forcing him out of the match.

“A week before the Cosmos game, I tweaked my groin,” Meara told EoS. “It wasn’t anything major but it was enough to sit out a week or two.”

For Meara, the match was not just a chance at starting minutes; it was a chance for revenge. Meara earned the start last season against the New York Cosmos in U.S. Open Cup play, only to get blasted by three goals behind a less-than-motivated performance from his club. This year, NYCFC took a different tact to their cross-river foes, playing the match tooth-and-nail towards a final, shootout loss to the NASL Spring Champions.

“It was frustrating,” Meara said. “I was really looking forward to that game. It was tough to sit and watch it but it is what it is. I am feeling better so I am moving forward now.”

Meara’s is not completing his recovery and should be available for selection as early as this weekend.

NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES

  • Goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and midfielder Matthew Dunn have been waived by NYCFC. Dunn made a single appearance for the club in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Fire. Fitzgerald, meanwhile, was allowed on a loan stint to the Carolina Railhawks before receiving the axe from the club.
  • NYCFC have sold over 40,000 tickets for this weekend’s Hudson River Derby against the New York Red Bulls. Original projections had the club selling 48,000 tickets. However, insiders have told EoS a large walk up crowd can push that number to 50k by game time.
  • An interesting competition has been set over social media — and NYCFC fans are showing in force. Hashtags for #WinNYCFC and #WinRBNY will be tallied to see which color, blue or red, lights the Empire State Building this weekend. Thus far, NYCFC are running away with the competition with over 15k tweets to Red Bulls’ 3k.
  • Andrew

    “Meara’s is not completing his recovery and should be available for selection as early as this weekend.”

    Looks like a typo there, but Meara wouldn’t be available for selection this weekend anyway due to the conflict with RBNY? Or maybe “eligible” is a better word for that.