It was confirmed this week that Gary Mackay-Steven is swapping Aberdeen for New York. The Scottish midfielder is heading to the MLS, joining New York City FC.
There’s been a fair share of Scots that have played soccer in the United States. It appears Mo Johnston was the first, playing for Sporting Kansas City.
The likes of the recently retired Kris Boyd and former Dundee man Kenny Miller have gone over, playing for Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps respectively.
So, who are some familiar faces that GMS will see over in the States?
Sam Nicholson (Colorado Rapids)
Fellow winger Sam Nicholson moved to Minnesota United in the summer of 2017. The boyhood Jambo helped Hearts gain promotion after breaking through the ranks as a teenager, making over 100 appearances.
He continues to plays in maroon for Colorado Rapids alongside a former Tynecastle teammate.
Danny Wilson (Colorado Rapids)
That teammate being centre back Danny Wilson. A former Hearts captain, Wilson, like Nicholson, stuck around following the club’s relegation to help them bounce straight back into the Scottish top tier.
He made the move to America in January 2018 and sits as part of a defence in front of former Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard.
Johnny Russell (Sporting Kansas City)
A face that GMS will certainly recognise is his former Dundee United teammate Johnny Russell. The pair played for Dundee United before Russell moved to Derby County and Mackay-Steven joined Celtic.
With GMS having moved to Aberdeen since, Russell instead decided to leave the UK for the US where he’s soon to be joined by his former teammate.
He has been playing for Sporting KC since January 2018 who, back in the aforementioned Mo Johnston’s day, were the Kansas City Wizards.
Considering the talent that NYCFC has had, the likes of David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo having played soccer in NYC, GMS is arriving at a big club in MLS’ Eastern Conference.
Had it been a few years sooner, he could have played with some of these greats. What’s left to find out is whether he’ll be a success, having left the Granite City for the Big Apple.