New York City FC today announced that midfielder Maxi Moralez has agreed to a new two-year Designated Player contract. The extension will keep the Argentine in New York through the 2021 season.

Moralez has scored 20 goals and assisted 45 times in MLS play since arriving from Mexican side Club León ahead of the 2017 season.

Recently, he became the third player in MLS history to record 20+ assists in a single season. With one match to play, Moralez leads the league by four assists and looks likely to become the first NYCFC player to top the charts in that category. 

Additionally, his 45 assists are the most in Club history. Moralez also ranks second behind David Villa for most goals scored as a NYCFC player.

Moralez said: “I’m very happy to extend my contract with the Club for two more years. I want to thank the Club and the fans for letting me be a part of this team. The decision was easy because we are a family and when you feel that way it makes it easier.

“To the fans, thank you for all the support you have given me. I hope you continue to enjoy watching us playing game after game as we try to accomplish our goal of becoming champions.”

His influential role in the midfield played a key part in the 2019 NYCFC season, earning the top seed in the Eastern Conference and clinching a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in Club history. 

In June, Moralez was named to the 2019 MLS All-Star team—his first-ever appearance in the match. He joined David Villa, Andrea Pirlo, Frank Lampard, and current Club captain Alex Ring as the only NYCFC players to feature in league’s mid-season marquee event.  

Moralez was also named MLS Player of the Month for June when he finished with three goals and six assists across three matches. The Club finished undefeated in league play in June and won two U.S. Open Cup matches in which Moralez started both. 

Sezione: Focus / Data: Gio 03 ottobre 2019 alle 22:38 / Fonte: NYCFC.COM
Autore: Stefano Bentivogli
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