New York City Winger Prioritizes Safety over Football as Pandemic Strikes America


Gary Mackay-Steven, winger for New York City, emphasized the need for players to be healthy after some major league soccer players have resumed training. After all, these players will be made to leave their houses and risk public safety in a country where the coronavirus is the most widespread as of now.

Players at several clubs started their individual sessions on Wednesday as social constraints started to be lifted in the United States, the hardest affected country in the coronavirus pandemic.

Mackay-Steven’s club has not returned to the training ground in one of the most badly impacted areas, and the Scot says he has mixed feelings about a comeback. 29-year-old told to The Nine for BBC Scotland:

“It’s hard. You just only want to practice and play until it’s safe to do so. You don’t want to be in a position where it’s always a really real issue.

“It’s contagious and invisible and very hard to know how to deal with it.

“As long as everything is done in a safe and controlled way, I am obviously dying to get back to playing football, as is probably everybody in the same boat, but only when it’s safe to do so.”

“It’s a small world, it’s crazy,” Mackay-Steven said. “Obviously I worked with him at Celtic and I like the way he works, his training, it’s always high intensity and it suits my game.”

Mackay-Steven moved to New York from Aberdeen in June of last year and joined the club by his former Celtic boss, Ronny Deila, when the Norwegian took over as head coach six months later.


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