HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on June 21, 2017. Signed five-year contract extension March 4, 2021
Sands became the first Homegrown Player signed by New York City FC after an impressive showing in the team's training camp prior to the 2017 season. Calm and comfortable on the ball, Sands plays as a defensive midfielder, but has slotted in as a center back.
INTERNATIONAL: Sands is a US youth national team regular, helping his nation to a runners-up spot in the Concacaf U17 Championships where the US 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.
OUTSIDE MLS: Went on a short loan stint with Louisville City FC in 2018, making three appearances.