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Four moves NYCFC should make before the 2022 MLS Season

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Dec 14, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Taty Castellanos speaks as New York City FC celebrates its MLS Cup championship win at City Hall. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 14, 2021; New York, NY, USA; Taty Castellanos speaks as New York City FC celebrates its MLS Cup championship win at City Hall. Mandatory Credit: John Jones-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2021; Portland, OR, USA; New York City FC midfielder James Sands (16) celebrates after beating the Portland Timbers in the 2021 MLS Cup championship game at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2021; Portland, OR, USA; New York City FC midfielder James Sands (16) celebrates after beating the Portland Timbers in the 2021 MLS Cup championship game at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports /

It could be time for NYCFC to put James Sands on the transfer list

Though it probably wasn’t his best season since graduating from NYCFC’s Academy, technically speaking, James Sands broke out in a big way in 2021, playing a pivotal role in City’s midfield and making his first appearances for the USMNT, which included caps in World Cup Qualifiers and the Gold Cup. Though the Rye, NY native surely has some development left to do before truly ascending to that next level, it may be within NYCFC’s best interests to put him in the shopping window during next month’s transfer window.

Letting go of James Sands is nothing we’ve ever wanted to do, but it’s always something that NYCFC fans have known is a big possibility. And having turned 21 and gotten more experience than ever before, Sands could be a valued target for clubs in Europe looking for that next breakout American star. The Boys in Blue could do well to cash in on his reported value of $4.4 million, as estimated by Transfermarkt.

While an argument could be made to keep him, it could be good business should NYCFC decide now is the time to let the Sandsman terrorize attacks in Europe.

Next. A toast to NYCFC: 2021 MLS Cup Champions. dark

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