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NYCFC trade Ronald Matarrita to FC Cincinnati in exchange for $600,000 in GAM

City’s longest tenured player is dealt for cold hard cash ahead of 2021

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A week before Christmas, New York City FC made an era defining move when they traded away team captain Alexander Ring to Austin FC in exchange for up to $1.25 million in General Allocated Money (GAM). With 2021 and the beginning of the international transfer window just days away, the Boys in Blue have made another bold move that has seen them rake in even more cash.

Earlier today, NYCFC announced that left back Ronald Matarrita — the club’s longest tenured player on the active roster — has been traded to FC Cincinnati in exchange for $600,000 in GAM.

A fixture in Costa Rica’s international setup, Matarrita was acquired by NYCFC from Alajuelense ahead of the 2016 season. From there, the dynamic left back would make over 100 appearances for the Boys in Blue and become their longest tenured active player by the beginning of the 2020 season.

While Mata definitely showed tons of talent in his five seasons of service, it became obvious by the end of this past season that the Costa Rican lacked the defensive ability to give NYCFC that edge they needed on the left flank.

From Cincinnati, NYCFC will receive a guaranteed amount of $500,000 GAM, $250,000 in 2021 and $250,000 in 2022. An additional $100,000 in GAM can also be acquired should Matarrita meet certain performance-based incentives.

Let’s hope all of these moves lead to some big signings in the coming weeks!