Sources: NYCFC seek homegrown claim on Wake Forest star Jack Harrison

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

Are New York City FC set to make franchise history?

According to several sources, NYCFC are looking to claim Wake Forest midfielder and 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year Jack Harrison as their first Homegrown Player.

Harrison, 19, is a highly touted freshman at Wake Forest and a Manchester United academy product. His connection to NYCFC? Playing with NYCFC youth affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club for the past three years. Sources tell EoS that NYCFC hope the affiliate association this past season will be enough to qualify him as a Homegrown Player under the constructs of MLS.

That argument, however, will face stiff resistance. In order to qualify as a Homegrown, Harrison must show that he has participated at the club’s youth development system for at least a year. His work under the NYCFC affiliate could qualify for that standard, but that judgment remains in the hands of MLS. There are also other, unspecified league rules that go into the Homegrown title, leaving Harrison’s status under review by the league.

Harrison is already regarded as a top prospect in the college ranks, with many trusted sources placing him as a top five pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

While NYCFC and MLS are knocking at his door, several clubs in Europe are also pursuing his services, including teams in England and Germany. Even with all that interest, it is unknown whether Harrison will decide to leave Wake Forest to pursue a pro career.

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Smith
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8 months 2 days ago

If MLS let’s NYCFC sign him to a homegrown deal based on that very tenuous affiliation, the league has even less credibility than its detractors think it does.

DivintyHope
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8 months 2 days ago

Its not a tenuous affiliation, which is why clubs do it in Europe. If he did play on the Academy team for the last 3 years, with one being when the affiliation was made in 2014, then he should be a HG player.

Smith
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8 months 2 days ago

It was a youth club affiliate not an an Academy team or a reserve side. It’s a stretch.

DivintyHope
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DivintyHope
8 months 2 days ago

Affiliations are about of an academy program. Which is why Yedlin and Morris can claim to be HG players for seattle, yet only spent 1-2 years playing for them.

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[…] by DAVE MARTINEZ Are New York City FC set to make franchise history? According to several sources, NYCFC are looking to claim Wake Forest midfielder and 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year Jack Harrison as their first Homegrown Player. Harrison, 19, is a highly touted freshman at Wake Forest and a Manchester United academy product.… Empire of Soccer: Sources: NYCFC seek homegrown claim on Wake Forest star Jack Harrison […]

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8 months 2 days ago

This is where the Manchester City connection should help , have Man City sign him and then loan him to NYC.

Jspech
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Jspech
8 months 2 days ago

I intended to take in a bit of comedy for the holidays. Who knew all I had to do was read this article.

Anonymous
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8 months 2 days ago

You don’t have to be a pro/rel supporter to wish that MLS would get rid of all the CalvinBall horsehair

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[…] is reportedly seeking a homegrown claim on Wake Forest freshman midfielder Jack Harrison, who spent time with a local club affiliated with […]

Nycsportspunk
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Nycsportspunk
8 months 2 days ago

#facepalm

Teddy'sArmy
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Teddy'sArmy
8 months 2 days ago

I hope they can make this happen. Under Viera’s wing he could be a nice pick up

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[…] Brandon Allen, is the brother of New York City FC’s R.J. Allen, whose club are determined to try and make a claim on a Homegrown Player of their own. The Red Bulls are also reportedly looking to dip into their […]

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[…] Brandon Allen, is the brother of New York City FC’s R.J. Allen, whose club are determined to try and make a claim on a Homegrown Player of their own. The Red Bulls are also reportedly looking to dip into their […]

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[…] to Empire of Soccer, New York City may try to claim Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison as their first Homegrown […]

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[…] As reported last week, NYCFC attempted to make a Homegrown claim on the 19-year-old Wake Forest midfielder based on his connection to club youth affiliate, Manhattan SC. Harrison met some Homegrown criteria, including the fact that he has played and lived in the area for several years. However, the affiliation itself was too weak a link for MLS to accept. […]

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[…] and bailed on Wake for professional footy. After NYCFC got some pushback from the MLS when they tried to claim him as homegrown, Jack was selected first in the 2016 SuperDraft by Chicago and promptly traded for the #4 pick and […]

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