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2023 Midterm Report Card: Santiago Rodríguez

He could be an A-student if he applies himself.

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Welcome to the 2023 edition of Hudson River Blue’s Midterm Report Cards, in which we analyze and grade New York City FC‘s performances so far this season. Next up: Santiago Rodríguez. 

Santiago Rodríguez needs to apply himself. 

That’s because we expect great things from the midfielder. Not good, but great: The 23-year-old officially signed with New York City FC earlier this season after spending almost two years on loan with the club – and after a preseason Rumspringa that saw him return to former club Montevideo City Torque and flirt with Esporte Club Bahia – inking a Designated Player contract that will keep him in the Big Apple through the 2027 season. Santiago is now the club’s second-highest-paid player, with a guaranteed salary of $1.3 million. That’s more than twice the $612,500 he pulled in last year.

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