After shining in a few games for New York City FC throughout the year, Matt Freese eventually took over the number-one goalkeeper spot for the rest of the 2023 season. He started the final eight Major League Soccer matches. During that span, he had 25 saves and five clean sheets. Plus, he was composed in the majority of games he played in. He rarely made a mistake and helped keep the Bronx side in contention.
Matt Freese has signed a contract extension after he proved his worth
As a result, NYCFC announced the former Philadelphia Union man signed a contract extension. The new deal will keep Freese with the club through 2026. In addition, there is an option for 2027. It is unknown whether his salary changed, but more than likely, that is the case.
Sporting Director David Lee explained why Freese was signed to an extension. He said the following:
"We’re delighted to have extended Matt’s contract. From the day he arrived in preseason, he’s shown tremendous work ethic, dedication and patience, and has made a real impression both in the locker room and on the pitch. He earned his opportunity to start at the end of the 2023 season and quickly showed what a talented goalkeeper he is, and why we were so keen to bring him to the Club."- David Lee
Based on Lee's comments, Freese is assumed to be the number one goalkeeper for NYCFC in 2024. Moreover, the fact the club gave him the extension shows their belief in him. It would be shocking, except for any injury, if the 25-year-old does not start the season between the sticks.
That being said, Freese must continue to show in training and on the pitch that he is better than Luis Barraza. A spot should never be guaranteed, for that can lead to complacency and poor performances. However, if Freese continues to play as he did at the end of 2023, then his spot as the starting goalkeeper should be safe.
New York City FC made the right move by signing Freese to a contract extension. Imagine what he will do with a full season under his belt.