On Monday evening, New York City FC announced Thiago Andrade, or as he is known, Thiago, would leave the club after two years. The Brazilian forward is making his way to Club Athletico Paranaense after a few months of rumors circulated via social media and reports.
Thiago will be loaned out until December 31, 2023, and then the deal can “become permanent which is automatically exercised if certain performance criteria are met”. Although, it would be surprising if he would return, and likely will continue his career in Brazil or elsewhere for the time being once the loan deal is up.
Additionally, Sporting Director, David Lee, said the following:
"We believe this is a great opportunity for Thiago to return home where he will be able to continue his career development. We would like to thank Thiago for his contributions in New York and look forward to following his progress throughout the season. We wish him all the best with his new team."- David Lee
Thiago leaves New York City FC on loan
Clearly, New York City FC cannot say that the Brazilian will or will not be back, for the permanent deal can only occur if he performs well. Still, it does seem supporters have seen the last of the forward in a Sky Blue kit.
It is likely this was a move wanted by Thiago too, especially because he did not start for NYCFC as often as he would have liked. The talent and potential is there for the 22 year old, and while he had some great moments in Major League Soccer, it was clear he would not be the star everyone thought he would be. As such, the move is a good one for both the club and player.
It might not have worked out perfectly, but it is certain supporters will always remember that late goal against D.C. United back in 2021. The throw by goalkeeper Sean Johnson right to Thiago, and the run all the way up the right side of the pitch toward goal to score, is one of the top goals in team history. Hopefully, the forward will have more moments like this as he moves on and returns to Brazil.
Thiago’s departure opens up an international spot, and also means NYCFC is down an attacking player. Hopefully, his departure will aid with the signing of a striker, for this will give Talles Magno the freedom to always move throughout the attacking third, and stay predominately on the wings.
It is sad to see another departure after a mass exodus this offseason. However, this is one of the few moves that was the correct one, and New York City FC were right to let Thiago try a new adventure.