The wait is over. This afternoon, NYCFC announced the signing of Maximiliano Moralez to a three-year designated player contract.
The former Club Leon, Atalanta, and Racing Club attacking man is the fourth-ever DP in team history. He figures to be the first true number-ten/in-the-hole playmaker to pull the strings behind David Villa under the lights at Yankee Stadium.
“Maxi is dynamic, he’s direct and he’s very good in one v. one situations,” NYCFC gaffer Patrick Vieira said in today’s official press release. “He can create chances and can score goals. He’s a really creative player who can make an assist – he can create something from nothing and I believe that our fans will love him.”
“Maxi is an experienced player in the prime of his career and will be a positive influence for our younger players,” Sporting Director Claudio Reyna beamed. “He is a versatile player who will be used behind the striker but can also play in wide areas in Patrick’s system.”
There is reason for profound excitement about this signing. No, he doesn’t play defensive midfield — does anyone on this team do that who isn’t a teenager? Bueller? Hello? — but the diminutive “Frasquito” has a knack for outfoxing defenses with a tantalizing final pass or a whipped-in cross. In MLS, you’ve got to think that this man has goals in him, too.
Perhaps the most important aspect of Moralez’s prospective tenure, however, is just how keen he was to come and play in the Five Boroughs.
“When I heard of the opportunity to go to NYCFC, I knew that it was a possibility that I couldn’t pass up,” the player said.
“He’s demonstrated his desire to come to the football club and to do well,” added Vieira, “so I’m really happy that he’s decided to join us.”
Transfermarkt values Moralez at €3,000,000, so a noticeable transfer fee was a given in order to secure the player’s services. But Giovincos and Valeris and Lodeiros don’t grow on trees— if you have a chance of getting your guy, you had better go get him. Period.
Today, New York City’s guy has finally been got.