Player Profile: Amir Daley – From New York to Cincinnati

Amir Daley is pictured during a match between FC Cincinnati 2 and Inter Miami CF II on May 26, 2024. Photo by Aiden Holt.

One of the biggest bright spots this season for FC Cincinnati 2 has been right wingback Amir Daley, who is having a stellar year in his first professional season.

Daley is a native of Elmont, New York, and was a part of the New York Red Bulls academy in 2015 and played for the U14 side. He played every game for the team in the 2019-20 season. Throughout his time with the NYRB Academy, Daley started 81 of the 89 games for the Red Bulls and scored five goals.

In 2017 and 2018, Daley earned multiple invitations to train with the U.S. U17 Men’s National Team while with NYRB.

Coming out of New Jersey, Daley was ranked the fourth player in New Jersey and 19th in his position via Top Drawer Soccer. He also placed 93rd in IMG Academy 150.

After five years with the NYRB Academy, in 2020, Daley committed to play collegiate soccer for the University of Duke and head coach John Kerr Jr.

Daley started all 15 games his freshman season with the Blue Devils as a full back. In his sophomore year, he scored his first collegiate goal against North Carolina in a 3-0 win on Sept. 19, 2021.

In his junior season, Daley started a career-high 19 games for Duke, as the Blue Devils were ranked the number three team in the country and went undefeated in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play.

During Duke’s 2023 season, which was ultimately Daley’s senior year, he scored one goal and recorded a career-high four assists in 18 games played. However, their ended prematurely by Western Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

In four seasons with the Blue Devils, Daley appeared in 72 games, starting 68 total matches, in which he scored three goals and six assists.

On Jan. 19, 2o24, Daley signed with FC Cincinnati 2 to begin his professional career and has been with the Orange and Blue ever since, being a consistent starter for head coach Tyrone Marshall.

This season with FCC 2, Daley has started all 12 matches so far, tallying three goals and four assists in his debut season. including a brace against the New England Revolution II on April 10.

It’s safe to say Daley has been impressive in just his first season with FCC2, and it’ll be interesting to see what role he will have with the first team in the future.

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