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Ronald Matarrita signs extension with New York City FC

The club signed Mata to the extension using Targeted Allocation Money.

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New York City FC have signed defender Ronald Matarrita to a contract extension using Targeted Allocation Money, the team announced earlier this week. The 23-year-old is now locked in for his third season with NYCFC.

“I am very happy to re-sign with New York City, it’s the team that has given me the strength to raise my level as a football player and as a professional. I am very happy with the decision I have taken,” Matarrita told NYCFC.com.

Mata will be looking to regain his healthy 2016 form, when he played in 27 games for City and scored his only career goal with the club. A metatarsal fracture had the Costa Rican sidelined back in July this season, but he was able to finish the year strong and appear in both playoff games.

“We’re very happy with Ronald’s decision to sign a contract extension — he’s one of the continent’s most exciting young defenders and a hard-working, popular member of our squad,” Claudio Reyna added.

“Ronald endured a difficult year with injuries but, at the age of 23, we believe he has his best years ahead of him as a player and I’m looking forward to seeing the next year of his development with NYCFC.”