HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on June 21, 2017.
Sands became the first Homegrown Player to be signed by New York City FC after an impressive showing in the team's training camp prior to the 2017 season. Sands played as a defensive midfielder during his time with the first team in preseason but has slotted in mostly as a center back for US youth national teams.
INTERNATIONAL: Sands is a US-BNT regular, helping his nation to a runners-up spot in the CONCACAF U17 Championships in May where the Stars and Stripes only lost out to Mexico in the final on a penalty shootout. The NYCFC man scored his penalty in the final and earned a spot in the Team of the Tournament as the United States secured qualification for October’s U17 World Cup in India.