Just days after bolstering the left side of its defense with Costa Rica international Ronald Matarrita, the NYCFC brain trust has struck again.
Today, the team announced the signing of fullback Diego Martinez of Argentina's River Plate. Martinez has spent the bulk of his last few years on loan, most recently at Patronato.
"Diego is a young player, but has a good level of experience having played with the first team at River Plate. He’s a quick strong defender that can attack as well as defend. In the last week we’ve added three young players to the roster which is really exciting for the future and development of this team."
Along with Matarrita and center back Ethan White, this makes three new faces that will patrol a New York City's back four-- last year's defensive united was famously leaky, and succumbed to an injury bug that precipitated an eleven-match winless run into the early summer. The Blues appear determined to flip the script in 2016.
Added new manager Patrick Vieira:
"I’m really pleased to add another young and talented player to our group. We are adding an energetic and hardworking player that will only continue to improve alongside the rest of our team. I’m hoping Diego will be able to join the team during the first part of our pre-season training camp. Pre-season is an important moment for new signings to integrate into the squad and get to know their teammates better."
It's important to note that a significant number of New York City's signings for 2015 didn't arrive until mid-season: Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, Angelino, Andoni Iraola, and Jefferson Mena. A full offseason will figure to work wonders for all the guys who had to get shoehorned into a rotation that had just begun to settle, and the same would seem to be true for new boys Matarrita and Martinez.
With the team's initial preseason camp kicking off this weekend, we won't have to wait long to see how the pieces will fit together. Strap in, and stick with HRB for all the latest!