All season long, Maxi Moralez has been the linchpin for a potent New York City offense. Operating from a traditional enganche role, Moralez freed up players like Jack Harrison, Rodney Wallace, and David Villa to be their most lethal offensive selves.
When he’s missing from the lineup, it feels like the Blues’ offense gums up. An offense that’s entirely dependent on ball circulation seizes up, as Villa and Harrison drop deeper and deeper to gain possession.
When Moralez left Wednesday’s Open Cup loss to the Red Bulls with a knock, he did so in fear that continuing to play might worsen the injury. The idea was that subbing him at halftime might allow him to recover in time for Saturday’s game against the Seattle Sounders.
It looks like those hopes might be in vain.
According to John Rojas, the former Spanish language color analyst for NYCFC’s Spanish radio affiliate, Moralez won’t be available to play in Saturday’s match because of that injury.
It’s still not clear what that injury is, let alone how long he might be out for. It’s important to note — this isn’t an official statement by the club. This is merely a report. We’ll know more once the official injury report is released. We’ll be keeping an eye on this.