Jack Harrison (born 20 November 1996) is an English professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for New York City in Major League Soccer. He was selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft and was rated as the second best player in MLS under the age of 24 the same year.
Youth and academy
Harrison was born in Stoke-on-Trent and raised in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Harrison spent a short time at the Liverpool academy as a seven-year-old but eventually opted to attend Manchester United's academy, where he spent seven years. He moved to the United States at the age of 14 and attended Berkshire School in Sheffield, Massachusetts. In 2015, Harrison was the Gatorade National Player of the Year for college soccer.
New York City
In December 2015, reports emerged that New York City were attempting to claim Harrison as a homegrown player due to him playing with club youth affiliate Manhattan Soccer Club for the prior three years, allowing them to sign him before the draft. However this claim was rejected by MLS, and Harrison entered the 2016 MLS SuperDraft as the youngest available player. On 14 January 2016, he was selected as the #1 overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft by Chicago Fire and traded to New York City for the #4 overall pick and allocation money. Shorty after the draft it was discovered that Harrison had a fractured pelvic bone which left him on the sidelines for the first three months of his New York City career.
Harrison made his professional debut on 21 May 2016 as a 57th-minute substitute for Thomas McNamara in a 0–7 loss against New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium. Harrison's individual performance was described as a "silver lining" for his side. Harrison became the first teenage scorer for the club when he scored his first professional goal on his first professional start against Real Salt Lake at Yankee Stadium on 2 June 2016. On 3 July 2016, Harrison scored the opener in the Hudson River Derby putting in a man of the match performance as New York City recorded their first win over the New York Red Bulls. At the end of the season, Harrison was nominated for, but ultimately did not win, the MLS Rookie of the Year Award losing out to Jordan Morris. Harrison was also the runner up for the 2016 MLS Goal of the Year Award losing out to Shkëlzen Gashi.
Harrison scored his first goal of 2017 on 1 April, in a 2–1 win over San Jose Earthquakes. On 29 April, he recorded his first professional multi-goal performance, scoring a brace to secure a 2-3 victory over Columbus Crew. Harrison also scored the game-winning opener in a 0-2 victory against New York Red Bulls to give the club its first ever win at Red Bull Arena on 24 June.
On 30 July 2018, Harrison signed for Championship club Leeds United on a season long loan. He made his debut for Leeds in the 2018/19 season opener against newly relegated Stoke City in which Leeds won 3-1 at Elland Road.
On 1 October 2017, Harrison was called into the England U21 squad for the first time after injuries to Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Sheyi Ojo for games against Scotland and Andorra. He made his debut in the fixture against Scotland, replacing Tammy Abraham in the 88th minute.
- As of 1 October 2017
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