By ERIC GIACOMETTI
It may not be as sexy of a signing as Frank Lampard or David Villa, but New York City FC continue to bolster their roster ahead of their inaugural season in 2015.
After completing a trade with FC Dallas on Tuesday morning, Andrew Jacobson has become the fifth player to sign for NYCFC in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.
Jacobson, a six year veteran of Major League Soccer, joins Lampard as the only other midfielder in the squad. For head coach Jason Kreis, the addition of the Palo Alto native should prove to be an important one.
“I’m delighted to sign a player of Andrew’s experience and quality as we continue to build our roster ahead of the 2015 season,” Kreis said. “Andrew has a wealth of experience in this league having previously played for three MLS clubs and I think that will be important to us. It is also fantastic to have brought in our second midfielder in the space of a week.”
Formerly of the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, Jacobson spent the last three and a half seasons with FC Dallas and established himself as an important cog in their midfield. Now signed on to join NYCFC at the start of the 2015 campaign, Jacobson expressed his enthusiasm to take on the next step in his career.
“I am incredibly excited to be part of New York City FC’s historic first squad and cannot wait to give my all for this team and its fans,” he stated. “I have respected Coach Kreis’ teams since I first came into the league and I am greatly looking forward to working with him. I know that he always builds teams that are competitive and play good soccer and I have no doubt he will be seeking to do the same with New York City FC from the very first season. The club has made some amazing signings so far and to be part of that list is a great feeling for me.”
Effective immediately, Jacobson will join Tippeligaen club Stabæk on loan to prepare for the 2015 MLS season. Currently coached by former United States Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley, Jacobson will have a fellow American at the helm during his time in Norway.
“The opportunity to go on loan to Stabæk and work under Coach Bradley is an experience that I will relish and use to improve my game until pre-season training with NYCFC begins.”