Not long after signing a Frederic, the Bronx Blues appear close to adding a Federico.
Someone needs to make sure they get an apartment together.
Federico Bravo, a defensive midfielder for Argentinian titans Boca Juniors, is coming to NYCFC on a season-long loan, according to multiple reports. At the conclusion of the loan period, New York City will have the option to buy the player for $1.5 million. The 22 year old is valued at €800,000 (about $866,000) by Transfermarkt.
Bravo, along with recent signing Mikey Lopez, brings additional steel to the backbone of the midfield. In the early hadicapping, Bravo is a clear favorite to earn playing time ahead of Lopez, who may be one of a handful of NYCFC players bound for a spell with USL affiliate Wilmington Hammerheads to start the season.
Bravo would be the eleventh international player on the New York City roster-- with only ten slots for foreign players as it stands, the team would have to trade for an additional slot or move a current international player, presumably to Wilmington. With SuperDraft pick Jack Harrison nursing a hip injury that will keep him out of the preseason, a stint in Wilmington to get him up to speed could be enough to accommodate Bravo on the senior roster, at least in the short term.