by Christian Araos
R.J. Allen and Thomas McNamara have signed new contracts with New York City FC, the club announced Friday.
Terms of both players’ contracts were not disclosed per club policy. Allen tweeted that he had signed a new deal last month while news of McNamara’s extension was reported by MLSsoccer.com’s Matthew Doyle. Both players were key parts of NYCFC’s squad last season with Allen recording six assists in 24 appearances and McNamara scoring five goals and nine assists in 30 appearances.
“I’m delighted that we have extended the contracts of two of our key contributors from the last two seasons,” sporting director Claudio Reyna told NYCFC.com. “We know that in order to keep building in this league a degree of continuity is required and that’s why it’s so pleasing to have secured the futures of two players who have delivered for the club on a consistent basis.
Tommy’s tactical intelligence, ability to link play and score goals has made him an important member of this team, while RJ’s versatility and defensive attributes have seen him grow to become a regular contributor in the full-back role.”
Allen signed with NYCFC during the 2015 season and quickly became the team’s first-choice right back. He was reportedly earning $63,000 last season according to the MLS Players Union. He had to cope with injuries during portions of last season but earned head coach Patrick Vieira’s respect with his passing and improving defensive play.
“I’m so pleased that both RJ and Tommy have committed their futures to the club,” Vieira said. “Both played huge roles in my first season here and have taken big strides in their respective developments to become important players for this team.”
McNamara is the only player from the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft to still be with the team that drafted him. He has ten goals in 49 appearances over two seasons with NYCFC and was making a reported figure of $85,000 last season. Along with becoming a fan favorite, McNamara is seen as a vital part of City’s attack by the technical staff who have used him on the left or in the middle.
“I’m really excited to have signed a new deal. It’s been a very enjoyable two years and to be here from the opening day to where we are now, I know this club has helped me to grow in so many ways,” McNamara said. “It means a lot to play for this team – one, because I’ve been here to see the growth in the two years and two, because it’s my hometown club. It’s an honor to represent this city and these fans.
When actions like these are taken it shows the faith and expectations placed on me and I’m fully on board to try to live up to them.”