Our fair NYCFC closed out a productive day by announcing the signing of fullback/winger Rodney Wallace. He arrives as a free agent on the heels of a stint with Brazilian club Sport Recife.
(It really has been a day— at high noon, New York City rang the welcome bells for Maxi Moralez. The Argentine attacking man became the fourth designated player in the short history of the club.)
Wallace, who scored what turned out to be the winning goal for the Portland Timbers in the 2015 MLS Cup Final, is a full Costa Rica international with 20 caps for the Ticos dating back to 2011. Since the Timbers still owned the player’s MLS rights, New York City sent the club a total of $125,000 in allocation funds ($75,000 general, $25,000 targeted) in order to sign their man.
The 28 year old Wallace is valued at €500,000 by Transfermarkt, and has a penchant for scuttling the intentions of oncoming attackers and redirecting play back the other way.
“Rodney is a quality player who can play as a winger, as a left-back or as a left midfielder,” NYCFC gaffer Patrick Vieira said in the club’s official press release. “He’s really good with the ball and he knows how to win the championship.”
Said the player himself to NYCFC.com:
“It’s a great honor to be an NYCFC player – it’s a dream come true to get this done and be here with such a great organization and a good team. I’ve watched a lot of the NYCFC games since the team came to the league and I was attracted to the style of play. I want to win trophies with this club, I want to come here and add to a bigger piece. We all want to achieve big things together and I’m just really happy to be here and to work towards that. I’m looking forward to playing in front of our fans, I’m going to give it 100% and work hard to compete for trophies and hopefully we can celebrate together at the end of the year.”
Expect the player to join his new teammates at the Desert Diamond Cup in Arizona forthwith. Welcome to the club, Rodney!