New York City FC’s 2020 roster seems largely complete. Their absolute dominant 5-3 win in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League tie against AD San Carlos seems to be the proof of that. Still, there is always room for depth. And it seems the Boys in Blue have made one last signing as we approach the kickoff of the 2020 MLS season.
In a report from Sport890, Liverpool Montevideo midfielder Nicolás Acevedo has left the Uruguayan club and will be reporting to NYCFC momentarily.
En @Spor890, informa @diegojokas que el volante de Liverpool Nicolás Acevedo se va a jugar a la MLS.— Andrés Cancellara (@A_Cancellara) February 23, 2020
Confirma @Bambino627 que la operación está cerrada y que en las próximas horas, el jugador viaja a Estados Unidos para incorporarse al New York City. pic.twitter.com/Vz7GKx3WET
Acevedo — who is only 20 years old — is a highly-touted defensive midfielder, known for both his passing and tackling abilities. The young Uruguayan made his senior team debut for Liverpool Montevideo back in 2018, featuring for Uruguay’s U-20 and U-23 teams in that time as well. Acevedo was a key player in Uruguay’s U-20 World Cup performance last summer, as well as playing a role in Liverpool Montevideo’s winning of the 2020 Supercopa Uruguaya, beating the heavily favored Nacional.
The young defensive midfielder has long been on Europe’s radar, with clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United, and Liverpool (the English one) all having shown interest in procuring Acevedo’s services as recently as last month. Another report says that City Football Group — the ownership group of both NYCFC and Manchester City — has swooped in to make the deal and will owe Liverpool Montevideo 10% of any future transfer.
Where Acevedo will fit into an NYCFC midfield system that already has the likes of Alexander Ring and Keaton Parks in it — as well as a platoon of youngsters like James Sands and Justin Haak — remains to be seen. But any depth, especially that of a touted youngster with his best years ahead of him, is welcome as City look to finally capture their first pieces of silverware in 2020.