Confirmed: Portsmouth target Gary Mackay-Steven 'lured' to MLS and New York City

Pompey target Gary Mackey-Steven admitted the lure of the MLS and New York was too much to turn down as he completed his move to the Big Apple.

Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 8:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 25th June 2019, 8:18 am
Gary Mackay-Steven has joined MLS side New York City Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The Yankee Stadium outfit were keen to sign the Scotland international on a pre-contract agreement back in January but the move broke down.

Aberdeen were also keen to retain a player who scored 15 goals in 68 appearances for the Dons over two seasons.

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Yet both Kenny Jackett and Derek McInnes’ hopes were dashed on Monday when the winger confirmed his move across the pond.

Mackay-Steven told nycfc.com: ‘I’m delighted to finally sign on the dotted line.

‘I can’t wait to hit the ground running and make my debut in the blue shirt. I can’t wait to show what I can do to the fans in Yankee Stadium.

‘The lure of playing in America and in MLS is really attractive to me. It’s always been a draw for me, it’s hard to say no. I can’t wait to get started.

‘You see NYCFC from afar and the way they play football is the way it should be played.’