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Cherry Hill, N.J. native Tomás Romero signs with NYCFC



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Make that two Philadelphia Union Academy grads in the goalkeeping corps at New York City FC.

Tomás Romero, 23, has signed on with NYCFC on a one-year deal with options through the 2026. The Philadelphia Union Academy grad from Cherry Hill, N.J. was waived by Toronto FC at the conclusion of the 2023 season. He spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with LAFC and was on the squad with Philadelphia native John McCarthy when they beat the Philadelphia Union in the 2022 MLS Cup final.

“We are excited to welcome Tomás to New York to round out our goalkeeping group ahead of the new season,” Sporting Director David Lee said in a news release. “Tomás is a talented goalkeeper with a strong resume for someone of his age, having already gained MLS and international experience with El Salvador. Tomás will add competition to an already strong core of goalkeepers at New York City FC and we’re looking forward to helping him to continue to develop.”

The former Union Academy and Real Jersey FC keeper has 24 career starts in Major League Soccer for LAFC and Toronto FC, tallying four clean sheets along the way. During his time with Toronto last season, Romero made six appearances. Prior to signing with LAFC – which acquired his MLS rights from the Union in exchange for $50,000 in general allocation money – Romero won a national championship on a penalty shootout for Georgetown. He made 17 appearances for Bethlehem Steel FC in the USL Championship prior to his one season in college.

“New York City FC is an amazing club, and I’m excited to provide my talents and help the team any way I can,” Goalkeeper Tomás Romero said in a news release. “I want to establish myself in the team. A big part of coming to a new club is that you need to gain the respect of your teammates. Luckily, I know a lot of the players in the team, having grown up playing with them.

“I hope to build on the international experience I’ve gained with El Salvador, having faced some of the biggest players in the world. I’ve been on winning teams in the past and I know that it takes a good group to do that. I really believe we have a good group here and can accomplish something special, and I will work hard everyday to help this team accomplish its goals.”

Romero is joining up with his new teammates in California for the Coachella Valley Invitational, ahead of the new MLS season that begins later this month.

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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