NYCFC signs defender Tayvon Gray to long-term extension

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New York City FC sign Tayvon Gray to a contract extension.
New York City FC sign Tayvon Gray to a contract extension. / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

New York City FC have signed defender Tayvon Gray to a contract extension, keeping him at the club through the 2025 season, with an option for 2026.

The 20-year-old is the second homegrown player to sign an extension with NYCFC following James Sands.

“I feel amazing honestly, it’s a big step for me. It’s a reward for all of the hard work I’ve put in the last couple of years, but my goal is to continue to keep getting better and to stay hungry,” Gray said. “To be honest, this feels like a new beginning for me, it feels like it’s a reset button, everything starts from zero, so I just have to get after it now.”

Gray first signed a homegrown contract after the 2019 season. He managed two assists across 27 matches this season as NYCFC made the MLS Eastern Conference Final.

“We are delighted that Tayvon has signed a new contract, this speaks to both his development and performances with the first team since signing professionally,” sporting director David Lee said in a release. “He has already shown himself to be an impactful player on an MLS Cup-winning team, while we know there is even more development to come, our focus will continue to be maximizing his potential.”