Stephen Turnbull is on the NYCFC roster for Saturday’s game in Chicago. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)

New York City Football Club Saturday announced that it has signed defender Stephen Turnbull to a short-term Contract, joining the on loan from MLS NEXT Pro affiliate New York City Football Club II.

Turnbull, who will be on the roster for Saturday night’s game at the Chicago Fire, took part in this year’s preseason with the first team and impressed with his play.

Last season, he featured for NYCFC II after signing from Stony Brook University in February 2022. In 23 games, the attacking fullback scored five goals and provided four assists with an 82.6 percent passing success rate in 1,992 minutes.

Per MLS rules, the short-term contract allows clubs to sign players on loan from their MLS NEXT Pro affiliate for MLS, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, Concacaf Champions League and exhibition matches. A player can sign a maximum of four short-term contracts per season and appear in no more than two league matches.