How NYCFC Defender Shay Facey Views His New Club

Shay Facey provides an insider’s perspective to CFG’s ambition with NYCFC, commends NYCFC fans for being 'louder than Citrus Bowl'
by Nick Chavez   |   Thursday, March 26, 2015

Following New York City FC’s historic home opener at Yankee Stadium, I spoke with Manchester City Elite Development Squad defender Shay Facey, currently on loan with NYCFC.

Having been a member of Manchester City’s EDS since 2007, Facey arguably has more insider perspective and insight into CFG’s plans with NYCFC than the majority of NYCFC’s players, most of whom have only joined the CFG family much more recently.

“As you can see, with the fan base alone that the club’s got (over 15,000 Season Ticket Holders, over 43,000 fans in the home opener) New York City FC is going to be a huge club," Facey said. “The club wants to compete, and whichever club that’s part of City Football Group wants to compete for titles and bringing through the best players to play for their respective teams. NYCFC is definitely not something to be taken lightly, and I would say if you do get the opportunity to come here, definitely take that opportunity with two hands.”

Regarding the ability of his teammates and future potential of NYCFC, Facey declared, “For sure, the quality of this team is not far away from Manchester City, and it has the potential to be a huge club attracting [top] players.”

The Manchester City-developed defender was also very impressed with the support he saw out of the fans attending New York City’s first match at Yankee Stadium.

“Coming from the Citrus Bowl in Orlando the week before, I didn’t think we’d be able to top [the stadium atmosphere], but I’d say we did, and it was for sure louder than it was in Orlando," Facey said. “I think the crowd, from minute 1 to the end of the game, were really buzzing, they’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and for us to put on a show and get a win like that was something special, and I’m sure all of the fans will remember that as well as the players.”

Facey had a rough day at the office on his first-ever MLS start on Saturday, as he was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in the 82nd minute for colliding with Juan Ramirez of the Colorado Rapids just outside the penalty area. He is the first NYCFC player to ever be given a red card.

New York City FC is undefeated so far this season going into Saturday’s match versus Sporting Kansas City at Yankee Stadium, with a win at home and two draws away.

NYCFC has yet to even trail during an MLS regular season match, but they will need to improve on last Saturday’s offensive effort, which only saw two New York City shots on Colorado’s goal, both by captain David “El Guaje” Villa.


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