After two seasons without a starting job in MLS, Josh Saunders signed on with New York City FC and immediately became the team's No. 1 goalkeeper.
Despite a rough 2015 for the team, Saunders stood out for the club, parlaying his strong performances into a multi-year contract extension announced by NYCFC on Thursday.
“I love playing for this club”, Saunders said in a release. “It’s a great honor for me and I’m definitely looking forward to playing in front of our fans again next season. I think the bond with the supporters is great. It’s not just an emotional connection. It helps the players and the fans alike because when you come into our stadium it’s intimidating. Having them truly cheer for people that they care for is great. The team is excited to get back to training soon and begin the hard work and preparation for next season.”
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Saunders started 33 of the club's 34 regular season games in 2015 and led the league with 123 saves. The 34-year-old was named NYCFC's Defensive Player of the Year for his efforts.
“Retaining Josh was always part of our offseason plans," NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said in the release. "He is a tremendous leader and displays all of the personal and professional qualities we look for in a New York City FC player. He had a great season last year and clearly has a special relationship with our supporters.”