New York City FC

NYCFC sign 14-year-old Maximo Carrizo as youngest player in MLS history

Lizzy Becherano
NYCFC make history by signing the youngest player in MLS
NYCFC make history by signing the youngest player in MLS / Noam Galai/GettyImages

New York City FC just signed 14-year-old midfielder Maximo Carrizo to a homegrown contract, making him the youngest player to sign a first-team deal in Major League Soccer history.

That record was previously held by Real Salt Lake forward Axel Kei, who signed with the team at 14 years and 15 days old.

Carrizo also became NYCFC’s tenth homegrown signing since their academy was formed in 2015.

“We’re extremely happy to sign Maximo to his first professional contract, as this is a historic moment for both the club and MLS,” sporting director David Lee said in a release. ”He’s a special and extremely talented player and it’s been exciting to watch him develop over recent years in our academy.

“Maximo is now at the very start of his journey as a professional and the next stages of his development over the coming years will be ensuring he maximizes his potential through working with our coaches and all the support staff in the academy, NYCFC II and the first team.”

Carrizo first joined the team’s academy in 2018 from FC Westchester as a U-12 player before being invited to NYCFC’s first-team preseason camp in 2022.

He is currently eligible to play for NYCFC II, which will compete in the newly-formed MLS NEXT Pro league.

“I already feel part of this club and I really believe that NYCFC is the perfect place for me to continue my development and grow on and off the pitch,” Carrizo said in a release.

“It’s inspiring to see how NYCFC produces talent and how homegrown players get the opportunity to play in the first team. I know this will take some time, but I am willing to be patient and learn from the amazing group of players and coaches that we have at this club.”

The team kicked off the 2022 Major League Soccer season with a last minute 1-0 defeat to LA Galaxy on Sunday at Dignity Health Tennis Center.