MLS rejects Homegrown Claim on Harrison; NYCFC still pursuing

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by DAVE MARTINEZ

You can’t blame New York City FC for trying.

Following reports from SBISoccer, EoS can independently confirm that NYCFC’s Homegrown claim on Jack Harrison has been rejected. However, sources tell EoS that NYCFC continue to push the league to reverse their decision and allow the designation through. As NYCFC continue their pursuit, MLS is dangling a Generation Adidas in front of Harrison for consideration.

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.

Despite their initial failure, NYCFC continue to make the argument for his Homegrown status, but the likelihood of a reversal from MLS are slim.

Harrison, 19, is considered one of the more sought after talents in this year’s MLS SuperDraft, consistently ranking in the top five of several projected draft boards. He currently has a Generation Adidas deal tendered from MLS awaiting his signature. The former Manchester United youth product has also garnered interest from overseas outfits.

However, it still remains unclear whether or not Harrison will go pro or continue his education at Wake Forest.