Ismael Tajouri-Shradi has recorded 19 goals and seven assists in two season with NYCFC. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK – New York City FC Thursday announced that forward Ismael Tajouri-Shradi has agreed to a new multi-year MLS contract with the club.
The Libyan international has played 52 matches across all competitions over the past two seasons for the Major League Soccer club, scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists. He finished with four goals in 19 games (11 starts) in 2019.
“I’m really happy to extend my contract to stay here with NYCFC who from the first day has showed me so much love,” Tajouri-Shradi said in a statement. “I just want to keep going with this amazing club in an incredible city.
“Since my first game at home, the fans have been amazing to me and the energy they give us every game is incredible. We have a really strong team and can achieve something bigger than the last few years this season. I’m excited for the start of the season and really happy to stay here for a few more years and win some titles with this amazing club.”
Tajouri-Shradi arrived in January 2018 following a transfer from Austria Wien and made an immediate impact scoring four goals in his first four starts. His 11 goals in 2018 were second-most on the squad behind David Villa. He is one of four forwards on the team to have a double-digit goal season.
He was named NYCFC newcomer of the year in 2018 and scored his first playoff goal in the 2018 MLS Cup playoffs knockout round in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia.
“We want to play attacking football and having wingers like Ismael makes our team incredibly hard to defend,” NYCFC head coach Ronny Deila said. “He can run at defenders in one-v-one situations, but can also score from long range when given an inch of space. He’s dynamic, and I love the skill set he brings to our side.”
Tajouri-Shradi debuted for the Libyan national football team against South Africa in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match. He has made four total appearances for Libya.
“Ismael has been a really impactful player since he joined the Club and is now entering the prime part of his career,” City sporting director David Lee said. “We’ve been really pleased with his growth so far and fully expect him to take another leap in his development. I’m really happy that he wants to spend the next part of his career at NYCFC. He has a great locker room presence and fully deserves this new contract.”