Manchester City youngster Shay Facey excited to prolong New York City FC stay

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The 20-year-old defender has had his loan spell with City's sister club extended until the end of the MLS season.

Manchester City loanee Shay Facey has told New York City FC’s official website of his delight at extending his spell with the MLS club until the end of the season.

Facey, 20, joined City’s sister club on a three-month loan deal prior to the start of their inaugural campaign, having impressed as a pre-season trialist, but his start to life in MLS proved far from straightforward.

The defender missed several games with a knock, served a one-match suspension after being sent off in March’s 0-0 draw at the Colorado Rapids in his first professional start and then had to briefly return to Manchester in April to deal with a family bereavement.

However, he has proved a revelation in recent games since being switched from right-back to centre-half, helping Jason Kreis’ side record three straight wins to lift them off the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

 2015 Season Total TacklesTackle SuccessInterceptionsTotal ClearancesHeaders WonHeader SuccessTotal Long BallsLong Ball AccuracyFoulsPassing AccuracyAppearancesMins Played
Shay Facey 22 77.2% 29 35 6 60% 29 65.5% 10 77.6% 9 674

Now on a run of five consecutive starts, his loan was due to end on June 30 but, having proved crucial to the expansion franchise’s ongoing turnaround, it is no surprise that head coach Kreis pushed to get the former England Under-19 international’s spell extended.

Speaking to nycfc.com on the chance to continue his development in the US over the coming months, Facey said: “I’m really excited to be staying in New York. It gives me a chance to keep learning and continue playing first-team football at a really high level.

“This is a fantastic place to be, the fans are incredible and it feels like we are building something very special.”

Coach Kreis added: “I couldn’t be more pleased that Shay will continue to be an integral part of our club for the remainder of the season. Shay has put in some really strong performances, especially in the last three or four games. He’s a young player and it’s a testament to his talent that he’s adjusted so quickly to MLS.”

Facey, who has made seven starts in nine MLS appearances so far, will also see fellow City Elite Development Squad defender Angelino join him at Yankee Stadium next month when the league’s summer transfer window opens.

Before then, though, the former EDS skipper has a crucial game coming up this weekend, with city rivals New York Red Bulls visiting for the second Hudson River derby of the season.

The first ever meeting between the two sides last month at Red Bull Arena ended in a 2-1 defeat for NYCFC but, with their opponents’ recording just one win in six league matches since, Facey and his teammates will be quietly confident about their chances of sealing all three points.

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