Wake Forest Midfielder Jack Harrison Linked With NYCFC

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According to Empire of Soccer, New York City may try to claim Wake Forest midfielder Jack Harrison as their first Homegrown player. Yet, whether Harrison is qualified to join NYCFC ahead of their second season remains to be seen.

In order for Harrison to join New York City, it must be proven that he’s been with the club’s youth development system for one year. While Harrison has played for NYCFC youth affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club for the last three years, the youth soccer organization was announced as an affiliate this past April. Whether Harrison can qualify as a Homegrown player with Manhattan Soccer Club being an NYCFC affiliate for this past season is a decision that MLS must rule on.

At age 19, Harrison has just finished his freshman year at Wake Forest University. A Manchester United academy product, Harrison is ranked 4th by the SBI MLS Draft Big Board which is based off MLS scout ratings. A box-to-box midfielder, Harrison made his presence felt in the final third with eight goals and eleven assists in his first collegiate year.

While the 2014-15 Gatorade Player of the Year hasn’t signed a Generation Adidas deal yet, Harrsion has become highly sought after with a possible move to MLS or Europe in his future. A dynamic player, Harrison can take on defenders in the attacking third, set up others from various parts of the field, and can score from distance with his shooting ability. Hailing from Bolton, England, Harrison can score off free kicks, cross into the box, and beat defenders with his creativity and pace.

At the Berkshire High School in Sheffield Massachussets, Harrison accumulated 24 goals and 33 assists in three seasons and won the Gatorade Massachusetts Soccer Player of the Year award. The two-time NSCAA All-American could prove to be a valuable addition to New York City’s midfield that can be further developed over time.

Update 1/2/16: Multiple sources according to SBI Soccer have indicated homegrown claim by NYCFC for Jack Harrison has been rejected. There is no update on whether he has accepted a Generation adidas offer

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