New York City FC defender Shay Facey
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New York City FC extend versatile defender Shay Facey's loan through end of 2015 season

Shay Facey's short-term future has been decided: He's staying with New York City FC.

NYCFC announced on Thursday morning that they have extended Facey's loan for the remainder of the 2015 MLS season. Facey had initially joined the expansion club on a loan from Manchester City FC’s Elite Development Squad that expired on June 30, but the extension will allow the 20-year-old defender to stay for the entirety of NYCFC's initial campaign.

“I’m really excited to be staying in New York,” Facey said in a statement. “It gives me a chance to keep learning and continue playing first-team football at a really high level. This is a fantastic place to be, the fans are incredible and it feels like we are building something very special.”

Facey has made nine league appearances for New York City FC this season. He has started seven, including each of the last five for the club, while playing both right back and center back.

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Shay will continue to be an integral part of our club for the remainder of the season,” head coach Jason Kreis said in the same statement. “Shay has put in some really strong performances, especially in the last three or four games. He’s a young player, and it’s a testament to his talent that he’s adjusted so quickly to MLS.”