In what is the first official move of the 2018-19 offseason for New York City FC, the Bronx Blues have traded away a fourth round MLS SuperDraft pick to Orlando City in exchange for midfielder/defender hybrid Tony Rocha.
First of the Winter ✍️ #ForTheCity@TonyRocha16 joins #NYCFC from @OrlandoCitySC in exchange for 2019 4th round @MLS SuperDraft pick.— New York City FC (@NYCFC) December 12, 2018
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Rocha — who has been in Orlando’s system since 2016 — only featured for the Lions on 23 occasions throughout his three seasons with the club. He was loaned to Orlando City B for much of 2017, and spent a small amount of time on loan to Saint Louis FC last year as well.
While every player deserves a chance to prove themselves — which they will undoubtedly get to do in the upcoming preseason — it’s hard to imagine a player with Rocha’s history being picked up with the intention of him being anything more than a depth piece.
Obviously, it’s nice to know that NYCFC have already begun stocking up for the 2019 season. But we’ll have to wait just a bit longer for the big news.
Regardless, we welcome Rocha to the club and hope he can contribute to what will hopefully be an MLS Cup-winning campaign!