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NYCFC re-sign Heber, Nicolas Acevedo, Gedion Zelalem

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Dec 5, 2021; Chester, PA, USA; New York City FC forward Heber (9) chases after a ball against the Philadelphia Union during the second half of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2021 MLS Playoffs at Subaru Park. New York City FC won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2021; Chester, PA, USA; New York City FC forward Heber (9) chases after a ball against the Philadelphia Union during the second half of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2021 MLS Playoffs at Subaru Park. New York City FC won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC forward Heber and midfielders Nicolas Acevedo and Gedion Zelalem agreed to terms on new contracts through at least the 2022 season.

NYCFC announced all three deals on Monday, two days after the club captured its first MLS Cup title with a victory over the Portland Timbers.

Heber’s contract runs through 2023 with an additional one-year option. Acevedo’s extension spans through 2025 with an option for the 2026 season, and Zelalem’s pact is through 2022 with options in both 2023 and 2024.

“After an unforgettable season, we’re extremely pleased to bring back three key pieces of this team,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee said in a release. “We know that the strength and competitiveness of our roster was a key ingredient in winning our first MLS Cup and so we are delighted that all three players have signed contract extensions.”

Heber, 30, returned from a torn ACL last year to compete in seven matches this season. He had 15 goals and four assists in 2019 en route to receiving MLS Newcomer of the Year honors.

“I’m so happy to re-sign with New York City FC and continue playing with this incredible group of players,” Heber said. “The Club has been with me every step of the way when I got injured last season. They always believed in me, and it gave me the confidence to come back stronger than ever.

“I would also like to thank our unbelievable fans for always making me happy and making New York City feel like home. I love this team, it feels like a family, and I couldn’t be happier to play for such a great city. Though this season has just ended in the most amazing way possible, I’m already looking forward to the start of next season and making a big impact on the team as we compete to retain the Cup.”

Heber has 16 goals and six assists in 41 career MLS matches (29 starts) with NYCFC.

Acevedo, 22, has yet to dent the scoresheet in 36 career MLS matches (16 starts) with New York City.

Zelalem, 24, has competed in 17 matches (six starts) with Sporting Kansas City and NYCFC.

–Field Level Media