Justin Haak is back with New York City FC for the 2023 MLS season and beyond that as well.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native re-signed an MLS contract with the club through 2025 with an option for 2026, it was announced on Wednesday.
Haak inked his first professional contract in 2019 as the team’s third Homegrown player and the first signing from NYC. Since then, the midfielder has made 27 appearances, playing 1,083 minutes across all competitions.
“I call New York home and for me to be able to represent this city is truly an honor,” Haak said in a statement. “It’s always been a goal of mine to continue my development here with the club that has given me everything. I want to thank [David Lee, sporting director] and everyone for believing in me. I am proud to continue the rich heritage we are creating here.
“Seeing the success that previous Homegrowns have had here, I believe this is the best place to continue my development. There have been so many leaders in the locker room that have given me advice and have helped me grow. I will continue to work hard to achieve our goals and hope to have more success in the coming years.”
In 2022, Haak made a breakthrough into the first team after a strong performance against FC Dallas and went on to feature in 15 league matches, plus an appearance in the Campeones Cup victory. He also suited up for MLS NEXT Pro affiliate, NYCFC II, playing in six matches and scoring a goal.
Haak was part of the club’s first Academy team, the Under-14 side in 2015, progressing through the entire youth pathway, while helping the team claim the Generation adidas Cup and the U.S. Development Academy championship in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
“Justin is the perfect example of the local talent we have here in the five boroughs,” Lee said in a statement. “As a club, we are committed to continuing to identify young talent and giving them all the tools necessary to develop. With Justin being the third Homegrown to sign a new contract, it shows our ability to continually nurture and produce first team talent from the tri-state area.
“Justin’s has taken full advantage of his opportunity with his work ethic and performances. We look forward to helping Justin achieve his full potential while contributing to the success of our club.”