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Major League Soccer (MLS) teams are continously willing to secure their future and this time it has been the New York City FC who has broken the record for the youngest player in history to ever sign with an American soccer team.
At only 14 years old, the young midfielder Máximo Carrizo was signed by New York City FC (NYCFC). Of Argentine origin, he was born and raised in New York City.
“We are extremely happy to have signed Máximo to his first professional contract, which is a historic moment for the club and MLS”
David Lee, NYCFC Athletic Director
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Through a statement, the top manager of the New York team highlighted all the skills they discovered in the young Carrizo: “He is a special and extremely talented player and we have been excited to see his development in recent years in our academy.”
Since 2018, when he has been a member of the New York City FC academy, a team from the City Football Group consortium, Máximo Carrizo stood out for his skills with the ball. Starting with 2022, he was invited to participate at the team’s preseason and then the US under-15 team called him up for training.
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Although his contract indicates that he can play in the first category of the MLS, the midfielder will report to NYCFC II, which will compete in the MLS NEXT Pro, the recently formed league.
At 14 years and 15 days, striker Axel Kei (Real Salt Lake City) held the record as the youngest player to be signed by an MLS team. In turn, the battering ram surpassed the mark of another well-remembered attacker in North American soccer: Freddy Adu.
Happiness of the young man and MLS player
Like any child receiving a gift from their parents or learning of a high grade at school, Máximo posed with the ‘citizens’ shirt with a big smile and made some statements released by the club itself:
“I already feel part of this club and I truly believe that New York City FC is the perfect place to continue my development and grow on and off the pitch.”
Despite his young age, Carrizo shared his analysis of how his new club’s scouts and board believe in the future promises of football: “It’s inspiring to see how they produce talent and how youth players get the opportunity to play for the first team. I know this will take a while, but I am willing to be patient and learn from the great group of players and coaches we have at this club.”
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