The new year started on a high note for New York City FC: The club and Argentine playmaker Maxi Moralez agreed to terms on a contract extension for 2022 with an option for 2023.
The news was announced with a video in which Moralez expressed his gratitude to the front office and coaching staff for allowing him to remain in the Big Apple.
The NYCFC’s front office deserves credit for restructuring Moralez’s contract. While the details haven't been made public, the new deal will see the 34-year-old Moralez give up his Designated Player status. NYCFC will now have two free Designated Player spots going into the 2022 season.
NYCFC signed Moralez back in 2017 from Club Leon in Liga MX. He took NYCFC’s third Designated Player slot, joining Andrea Pirlo and David Villa. In his five years at City, Moralez totaled regular season stats of 133 appearances with 24 goals and 60 assists. Moralez’s postseason stats include 11 playoff appearances, scoring twice and assisting an additional six goals.
Moralez played a crucial role in NYCFC’s 2021 title-winning season, scoring one goal, assisting two, and converting both of his penalties in two shootouts.