Shay Facey continues to grow in new role with New York City FC

In only his first season playing professional football defender Shay Facey is making a name for himself in the Bronx.

The 20-year old Manchester City loanee began the season looking on as a spectator, but has since made eight appearances for New York City FC, six of which he has started.

Being as young as he is, head coach Jason Kreis tinkered with Facey’s position early on, typically playing him as a right back. After a rough outing against Real Salt Lake on May 23 though, Kreis opted to make a switch, moving Facey to the center, alongside veteran defender Jason Hernandez.

Now, that move could be the smartest decision Kreis makes all season.

In the team’s three most recent matches, all of which Facey has started directly in front of Josh Saunders, NYCFC have looked more cohesive and more importantly come away with seven points (2 wins and a draw). Those seven points matched what the team had secured in their first 12 matches.

Is it his youthful exuberance? Maybe. It seems very clear though that Facey is a star in the making though just from talking to him.

Following the Light Blues’ 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact on Saturday, Facey talked about his recent success in his new role.

“In training I’m doing really well. The connection between me and Jason [Hernandez] is continually building.” He went on to say, “It’s a vital position, where you need to be playing with somebody week in and week out and understanding each other.”

As Facey alluded to, chemistry plays a big role in playing center back. Even though Hernandez has been quite shaky at times, Facey has been there to clean up messes and appears to remain calm at all times, in spite of his inexperience.

Look out for Shay Facey because the kid certainly has a bright future. Hopefully New York City FC can find a way to keep him in the Bronx a little bit longer.

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