UPDATE 20 JANUARY: Matarrita's purchase was officially announced by New York City FC. The terms of the transaction have not been revealed per MLS rules, but it is confirmed that NYCFC used Targeted Allocation Money as part of the signing.
Exhale, everyone! New York City FC have signed a talented young player at a position of serious need.
Rónald Matarrita, left fullback for Alajuelense and the Costa Rican national side, is the newest member of Patrick Vieira's NYCFC squad. The move was initially confirmed by Alajuelense spokesman Marco Vasquez.
With both Angelino and Javier Calle out of the picture following the expiration of their respective loan deals, veteran Chris Wingert stood as the only full-time left back on New York City's roster. After passing up Stanford University's Brandon Vincent in Thursday's SuperDraft -- far and away the top left back prospect available -- the conventional wisdom suggested that the Bronx Blues' pursuit of Matarrita was not over. Today, the news is decidedly good.
On the occasion, the new signing said, "I feel that this is the right moment to leave, due to my age and the level of play" (my translation).
Matarrita, who starred in this past year's CONCACAF Champions League for an Alajuelense squad that bested D.C. United only to fall to eventual runners-up Montreal Impact, figures to be a starter for Patrick Vieira's team on day one.
Now that the significant need at left back has been satisfied, New York City's only glaring weakness top-to-bottom is in the defensive midfield. With fifty days to go until the start of the 2016 regular season, we can expect more signings to tumble in. For our money, Standard Liege center back Jorge Teixeira is likely next-- stay tuned to HRB for all the latest!