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New York City FC amd Alexander Callens part ways

Alex Callens always a fan favorite celebrating with the loyal crowd at Yankee Stadium during the 2022 season. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495Sports

One of the key members of the New York City FC defensive unit in Alexander Callens has decided to part ways with the club recently. Callens will now head to join LaLiga side Girona FC.

Callens has been a huge part of the Boys and Blue and their defensive efforts, as he joined the club in 2017 and played in 193 games logging in 17.083 minutes for NYCFC across all competition. Alex also was able to find the back of the net on serval occasions as he was able to tally 15 goals and recording one assist.

NYCFC Sporting Director David Lee said, “I’d like to thank Alex for the tremendous amount he has given to the Club since his arrival. We have seen Alex grow into the player and leader he is today through his incredible work ethic and commitment, establishing himself as one of our longest serving players. His performances have earned him recognition as one of the best defenders in the league, and he will go down in NYCFC history for playing a vital role in helping us win MLS Cup and Campeones Cup.”

“Not only is Alex a fantastic player, but he is also a great person and has brought so much energy and positivity to our group over the years. While we’re sad to see him go, we understand that it was Alex’s desire to test himself in a new league in Europe. Alex is another example of the strong culture we have here in New York of identifying players and helping them develop and achieve their professional goals. We look forward to closely following Alex’s career and we wish him all the best in Spain.”

Callens was a huge part in NYCFC bringing home the MLS Cup to New York City, as he was able to score the winning goal in the First Round of the playoffs against Atlanta United in Yankee Stadium, that had helped the team head to the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the next round the Peruvian had the winning penalty against New England and the championship winning penalty against Portland in the MLS Cup.

Alex was also a vital part of the team winning the 2022 Campeones Cup, in scoring a goal for the Boys in Blue in the first minutes of play, in what turned out to be a 2-0 victory against Liga Mx champions Atlas F.C.

Callens has always been one of the most consistent and durable defenders the team has had, as his time with the club earned him an MLS All-Star nod in 2022. In addition, he was also a finalist for MLS Defender of the Year.

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