With needs in the midfield, New York City FC could be turning their attention to an Ecuadorean international, currently on the books with one of South America’s powerhouse clubs.
Joao Rojas, currently with Emelec in Ecuador, has drawn the interest of NYCFC a source close to the situation tells FanSided’s MLS Multiplex. The 23-year old is an exciting attacking midfielder with three caps with Ecuador.
The diminutive attacker is capable of slotting in centrally or wide for the MLS club.
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Last season, NYCFC finished the season in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. It was their second-highest points per game total in club history. The Yankee Stadium outfit has made the playoffs the last five years.
Rojas plays for one of the giants of South American soccer as Emelec is one of the dominant clubs of Ecuador and routinely pushes deep into Copa Libertadores.
So far, it has been a relatively quiet offseason for both New York clubs in MLS.
The only incoming moves, other than the team’s selections in the MLS SuperDraft, are the signings of Andres Jasson, a Homegrown player as well as Malte Amundsen.
The 23-year old Amundsen is an exciting left back who has featured prominently at the youth national team level for Denmark. He comes to NYCFC from Danish club Vejle Boldklub where his station at left back was in pen on the gameday Starting XI.
The club traded captain Alex Ring, a lynchpin of the midfield, to Austin FC where he is reunited with former NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna. They also traded Ronald Matarrita to FC Cincinnati.
Promising Homegrown player Joe Scally was also on the move, the right back and United States youth international having completed a long-anticipated move to Borussia Mönchengladbach this offseason.