The major focus for NYCFC thus far has been their defense and how they will fix it. While everyone thought they would pick up a defender in the MLS SuperDraft, they use their own methods.
The boys in blue have done everything to get their line in order and they added one more yesterday with the signature of River Plate‘s left back Diego Martinez.
The Argentina native made his professional debut back in 2012, appearing only 11 times. In 2013, Martinez was loaned out to Sarmiento where he was featured on 19 occasions. A year later, he found himself on Patronato de Parana as a loanee and scored two goals in 43 appearances.
Martinez joins recently acquired Ronald Matarrita at the left-back position along with RJ Allen and Chris Wingert. NYCFC also carries Jason Hernandez, Jefferson Mena and Ethan White in the middle of the line. On the right, Andoni Iraola and Connor Brandt are on board.
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It’s good to see that NYCFC are investing all it’s allocation money on the line as they know it needs help. Between Wingert, Matarrita and Martinez, it’s most likely that Matarrita will get the nod at the starting role as he’s the most experienced.
Martinez adds depth and a huge fill-in if plan A does not go through. He comes from an academy that’s well known in the world, producing some of the best talents in soccer. Sporting Director Claudio Reyna believes Martinez is a solid signing, and a defender that brings speed and strength as a full back.
Reyna stated about three weeks ago that signings will come, and he’s delivering on his promise. Now carrying nine defenders, you have to wonder who else they’re going to bring in and if they do, will it be another defender?