Joe Scally, picetured when he signed with NYCFC, will work out with Borussia Monchengladbach’s first team next week. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
Former New York City FC defender Joe Scally is scheduled to arrive with his new club, Borussia Monchengladbach, Monday.
Head coach Marco Rose said Thursday on Twitter that the Lake Grove, N.Y. resident will undergo “all necessary medical examinations and then he will have the chance to showcase himself in first-team training.”
Scally was sold to the Bundesliga club by NYCFC on Nov. 13, 2019 in a seven-figure deal. Part of the agreement was that the then 15-year-old would remain with the Major League Soccer team until January 2021. ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle in 2019 reported that the transfer fee was $2 million, which could increased to $7 million if Scally reaches potential bonuses. The club also said the transfer fee was the highest paid for a 16-year-old player in league history.
NYCFC said it also will receive a sell-on percentage if Scally is sold in the future.
“I was very excited when I heard the news about the transfer to Borussia Monchengladbach,” Scally said in a statement in 2019. “As a kid you always want to play in Europe and in one of the best leagues in the world. I couldn’t be happier.”
Scally, who turned 18 today, Friday, Dec. 31, became the first player to graduate the NYCFC Academy and be sold to a European club.
He played only four times for NYCFC in 2020, totaling 70 minutes.
Scally made his professional debut during against the Red Bulls during the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.