We are about two weeks away from the release of EA Sports’ FIFA 19. And if you’re like me, you’ve patiently waited for the reveal of player ratings in anticipation of gearing up for Ultimate Team, or even a single-player career mode.
Alas, player ratings for MLS clubs have begun to trickle out this week, and the ratings for New York City FC players have finally been revealed. So let’s take a look at some of them.
- David Villa - ST (82 OVR)
- Maxi Moralez - CAM (76 OVR)
Predictably, David Villa leads the way with his 82 overall striker card. Though he will lack in pace — his speed only amounts to a 69 overall — El Guaje is equipped with 83 shooting and 82 dribbling, along with 4-star skill moves and the coveted 5-star weak foot, the latter of which will provide NYCFC’s inaugural captain with impeccable ability with both his right and left feet.
The other gold on team is none other than attacking midfielder Maxi Moralez, who possesses a 76 overall card. Despite the diminutive Argentine now getting into his early-30’s, this is, on paper, the strongest card he’s been given since joining the Boys in Blue. His original NYCFC card in FIFA 17 was a modest 75 non-rare gold card, while his FIFA 18 card saw Maxi (strangely) get downgraded to a 72 rare silver card.
- Alex Ring - CDM (74 OVR)
- Alex Callens - CB (71 OVR)
- Anton Tinnerholm - RB (71 OVR)
- Ebenezer Ofori - CM (71 OVR)
- Maxime Chanot - CB (71 OVR)
- Eloi Amagat - CM (71 OVR)
- Ismael Tajouri-Shradi - LW (71 OVR)
- Ronald Matarrita - LB (71 OVR)
- Sean Johnson - GK (70 OVR)
- Jo Inge Berget - ST (70 OVR)
- Jesus Medina - RW (69 OVR)
- Yangel Herrera - CDM (68 OVR)
- Cedric Hountondji - CB (68 OVR)
- Ben Sweat - LB (67 OVR)
- Tommy McNamara - LW (66 OVR)
- Rodney Wallace - LM (66 OVR)
- Sebastien Ibeagha - CB (65 OVR)
NYCFC has a predominant amount of Silver players linked to their squad; silver rated cards make up 17 of the team’s 23 listed players.
Not much to say about this list other than the fact that Alex Ring was absolutely low-balled by being given a non-Gold card this year. However, he and many others could see big increases in they are able to be given an in-form card this FIFA cycle, much like we saw with Anton Tinnerholm’s 78-rated in-form in FIFA 18, which was better than most gave it credit for.
I am definitely confused as to how Eloi Amagat received a higher rating than players like Sean Johnson or Jesus Medina, but whatever. It’s only a game. (proceeds to destroy work desk in anger)
- Brad Stuver - GK (64 OVR)
- Jonathan Lewis - LW (63 OVR)
- Kwame Awuah - CM (55 OVR)
- Jeff Caldwell - GK (51 OVR)
OK, now I’m mad! Jonathan Lewis is only 63-rated!? HOW, SWAY!? Seriously though, that is a rating that is three points lower than that of Rodney Wallace. That is flat out unacceptable.
Two noteworthy omissions are HGP’s James Sands — who started two games last week and made MLS’s team of the week — and Joe Scally. I’m not sure why they were kept ineligible for FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team mode, but it’s probably for the best as both would have probably been given unusable Bronze cards.
For a full, comprehensive look at all of the cards and their attributes, check out FutWiz!