Borussia have completed the signing of Joseph Scally from MLS club New York City FC. The 16-year-old fullback will join the club in January 2021.
“Joe Scally is a top American talent who we have been following for a long time. We see a lot of potential in Joe and we are looking forward to him joining up with us in January 2021. Until then, we will work together with New York City FC to prepare him for his move to Germany,” said Borussia’s sporting director, Max Eberl. The 16-year-old right back will still be a part of NYCFC’s first team for the new MLS season. “It’s very exciting for Joe to be joining Borussia Mönchengladbach and to have the opportunity to play in one of the best leagues in the world,” said NYCFC’s sporting director, Claudio Reyna. “He’s only 16 years old and has the potential to develop massively.”
Scally joined New York City’s youth academy when he was just 13 years old, before going on to win numerous titles with the youth team. Scally was given his professional contract in May 2018. At just 15 years old, he became the second youngest ever player to have a professional contract in the history of the MLS, behind Freddy Adu. The right back made his first team debut in the 2017/18 season in a 4-0 loss against the New York Red Bulls in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup. Scally was substituted on in the 57th minute in place of David Villa. That was Scally’s only professional appearance to date, with the defender still yet to make his debut in the MLS.
“I was really excited when I first heard that Borussia Mönchengladbach were interested in me. As a kid everyone dreams of playing Europe, especially in one of the top five leagues,” said Scally. “It’s a dream come true to be able to play in Germany; I couldn’t be happier.” The American has made four appearances in friendly matches for the US U15 national team. He then went on to make his home debut for the U17s in November 2017. Since then, Scally has appeared in seven other friendly matches and also played the full 90 minutes in all three group matches at the 2019 U17s World Cup in Brazil.