It looks like New York City may have added another international player to its roster.
Yesterday, 1. FC Union Berlin, who play in the 2. Bundesliga — the second division in Germany — announced that they had parted ways with Slovakian Adam Nemec, and that Nemec would be joining New York City FC. Nemec joined Union Berlin in 2012 from 1. FC Kaiserslautern. The 29-year-old striker is a current member of the Slovakian national team, scoring two goals in 14 appearances over the last nine years.
Nemeses’ career has mostly seen him feature for second division teams in Germany; in addition to playing for Union Berlin and FCK, Nemec’s also featured for FC Ingolstadt and FC Erzgebirge Aue, as well as Racing Genk in Belgium and Žilina in his native Slovakia. He began his career with Dubnica in 2002. Nemec experienced the most success with Žilina from 2004 to 2007, appearing in 74 games and scoring 25 goals.
His performance there earned him a contract with Erzgebirge Aue; he’s been fairly peripatetic since. While with FCK, Nemec fell from a cherry tree in his garden in June of 2011; he suffered injuries including broken ribs, a concussion and a broken collarbone which kept him out of soccer for nearly three months. In 60 games with Union Berlin, Nemec scored 14 times.
"These past weeks have been difficult, and I am glad that we have now found a solution," Nemec said in the statement on the site.
"I’ll walk away with a few bad experiences, but also very good memories. In my time at Union, I managed to return to the national team, with whom I absolutely want to go to the European Championships. To this end, I have to be playing, and now I have the chance to play. I also want to particularly thank the passionate fans of Union Berlin, who always supported me."
For his part, Union Berlin coach Norbert Düwel wished Nemec luck. "It’s unfortunate that things didn’t work out the way we thought they would. Given the circumstances, it’s better if both the team and the player go their separate ways. I wish Adam all the best of luck, and great success in New York."
Judging from his stat lines, it doesn’t look like Nemec packs much of a scoring punch. That said, the powerfully built forward — he’s 6-3, and weighs 180 pounds — has been mostly used to open up space for fellow strikers on the team, and to win aerial battles in the box. I’d suspect that he’d be deployed in a similar role with New York City, assuming the team has signed him. As it stands, with Nemec's supposed signing, the team now has five forwards: David Villa, Patrick Mullins, Tony Taylor, Khiry Shelton, and now Nemec.