New York City Football Club has acquired midfielder Tony Rocha from Orlando City SC in exchange for their fourth round draft pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.
Rocha joins NYCFC after spending the past three seasons with Orlando City SC making 23 appearances and tallying four assists for the Orlando City first-team between loan spells at Orlando City B in 2017 and Saint Louis FC in the USL last season.
The 25-year-old hails from Spring, Texas and got his start in professional soccer with the Austin Aztex after a standout NCAA career where he spent three seasons at University of Tulsa.
Rocha said with regards to joining NYCFC: “I’m excited to join an organization that has a winning culture and also for the opportunity to play in such a great city as New York. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
“I’m proud to be able to play in front of the NYCFC supporters and will give it my all every game for them.”
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna said: “Tony is a player we’ve had our eye on for quite a while. He’s a really talented player who has had success in the USL and earned his opportunity in MLS. At only 25 years of age, he’s just now entering the prime of his career and we’re really excited to have him here in New York City.”
NYCFC Head Coach Domènec Torrent said: “I really like Tony as a player and he’s proven to be extremely versatile during his time in Orlando. Playing both midfield and defense, we think he’ll fit our system quite well and provide us with quality depth across the pitch.”
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