New York City FC might be able to bring up to four loanees over from parent club Manchester City, but sporting director Claudio Reyna as told SBIsoccer that he doesn’t expect that to happen this season.
Defender Shay Facey became just the first City prospect to make the move to NYCFC shortly before the start of their inaugural campaign when he joined on a loan deal until June 30, and more arrivals from the Etihad Stadium were expected over the coming weeks and months.
Head coach Jason Kreis revealed last winter that the MLS expansion side were allowed to make up to four loan signings from the Blues to fill out their roster, and were in the process of scouting the Under-18s and Elite Development Squad for potential candidates.
“We will have the ability to take four players on loan from the club here, so I’m looking a lot at the younger players, and the U-18s and the U-21s at the moment,” Kreis told MLSsoccer.com. “And also the players that are out on loan.
"We have a very big interest in bringing some City players over to join us in New York and I certainly think there’s the talent there. And the ambition is there as well, so we’ll have to get with those guys over the next six months to a year and see whether or not that’s something they would like as well.”
However, NYCFC might have to put those plans on hold for now, with all 30 of their available roster spots filled.
"It very likely won’t be four this season,” said Reyna. “We have one, and I think it just needs to work for all the right reasons. There’s a lot of talent there, and we think it’s for us a tool that will help our team here in New York. We’re going to make sure we use it wisely, but to say we use all four will be really difficult right now.
“This is something new that both clubs are working together to make sure it’s a win-win, but right now our squad is filled out. As a bench, we have a bit of flexibility, but we’re probably going to move into the season with Shay being our one Manchester City player.”
Facey, 21, failed to even make the bench for NYCFC’s first-ever MLS fixture against fellow expansion side Orlando City SC last Sunday, as a last-gasp Kaka goal saw Kreis' side held to a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of 62,000 at the Citrus Bowl.