It’s been quite a start in professional football for 2016 first overall MLS draft pick Jack Harrison.
Being drafted in January, Harrison took almost no time at all to make an impact with his new club New York City F.C.
On May 22, Harrison made his MLS debut, coming on as a second-half substitute during the New York Derby against the New York Red Bulls.
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Immediately, Harrison showed us why he is so talked about, as his courage to constantly take on defenders and create chances out of nothing provided perhaps the brightest spark for NYCFC on a derby day to forget.
Then, on June 2, Harrison netted his first ever goal in his professional career against Real Salt Lake, and, on July 3, Harrison started against the Red Bulls and repaid Vieira’s trust in him by netting a fantastic goal to give NYCFC the lead in a 2-0 victory over city rivals.
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Because of his immediate impact to the NYCFC team, Harrison has begun to earn himself an almost regular starting position.
Born and raised in England, Harrison developed through the ranks of the Manchester United Academy.
However, when Harrison’s mother decided that it would be better for him to pursue not only football but also an education, at the age of 14 Harrison moved with his mum to the U.S. There, he attended Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
Then, following a successful high school career, Harrison attended Wake Forest University, where he played for only one year before being drafted in the 2016 Draft at the age of only 19.
While it is difficult to make predictions about what the future has in store for Harrison in
MLS, his ability on and off the ball have grabbed much attention.
With his recent appearances in the NYCFC starting lineups and performances that have had many people around the world talking about him, Harrison has the potential to establish himself as a star in the North American league.
Although he has not yet played on the international stage, Harrison has stated that he would be “open” to playing for the USMNT should he be called up. So, while he is still only 19, Harrison is not only a player for other MLS teams to watch out for, but maybe even Jurgen Klinsmann.