Andres Jasson: “It’s been really exciting over the last couple of years to see some of my closest friends join the first team and I’m ready to join them, work hard and compete for minutes.” (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)

NEW YORK – New York City FC Thursday announced it signed forward Andres Jasson as the Greenwich, Conn. native became the club’s fifth Homegrown signing in club history.

Jasson, 18, played at the NYCFC Academy, including its Under-19 team.

He enrolled at Yale University early this year and recently completed his first semester academically at the Ivy League school. His collegiate season this fall was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 5-9, 155-lb. Jasson will not be eligible to compete in the MLS Cup Playoffs but is included on the club’s Concacaf Champions League roster as the competition wraps up next month.

“I’m really excited to join NYCFC as a Homegrown player and thankful to the Club for this opportunity to sign my first professional contract,” Jasson said in a statement. “It’s been really exciting over the last couple of years to see some of my closest friends join the first team and I’m ready to join them, work hard and compete for minutes with the great group of guys we have.

“To end the season, I’m hoping we can make a run in the playoffs and in the Concacaf Champions League to our win first piece of silverware. I’ve been able to be a part of title-winning teams at the Academy level, and to do it at the senior level is our ultimate goal.

During his time in the Academy, Jasson helped bring home three pieces of silverware. including the 2017 Generation Adidas Cup and back-to-back U.S. Soccer Development Academy U-19 National Championships. He won the Golden Boot Award for the DA’s Eastern Conference in 2019 and was named NYCFC’s Academy player of the year in the same season.

His year ended with being one of four former NYCFC Academy players to represent the United States during the 2019 U-17 World Cup alongside Joe Scally, Tayvon Gray and Gio Reyna.

Jasson participated in the club’s preseason this year and appeared in both matches at Florida Cup 2020 against Corinthians and Palmeiras, in which he registered an assist. He native got on the scoresheet with a brace against Orange County SC in a 2-1 win.

“He was an influential part of our Academy’s success the past few seasons and impressed as he has trained with the first team regularly over the past 18 months,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to the next stage of his development as a professional.

“We knew he wanted to pursue an education at Yale and we remained in touch with Andres and his family throughout the process. He will continue to take classes at one of the best universities in the world, and the Club will fully support him in his desires to continue to pursue his education

“He’s an excellent person and has a bright future both on and off the pitch and we’re really looking forward to him being available for us in Concacaf Champions League in December.”