by Christian Araos
New York City FC is apparently using it newly acquired international slot to sign Maxi Moralez from Club León, according to a report from ESPN.
Moralez is a 29-year-old attacking midfielder who won the Silver Ball at the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup with Argentina. He was held out of León’s lineup in its Liga MX match Friday night. The news comes hours after NYCFC announced it had acquired an international slot from the Colorado Rapids for $75,000 of general allocation money.
Moralez would likely be City’s third designated player and would be a replacement for Frank Lampard. Moralez can play as a striker, left wing or as an attacking midfielder, the position where he has been most effective. He had been linked with a return to South America, and Italy where he had previously played at Atalanta.
Moralez has been capped once at the senior level for Argentina. He is a product of the Racing Academy in Buenos Aires and he spent most of four seasons with the first team before moving to Velez Sarsfield where he won the Argentine title twice. He scored 18 goals in five seasons with Atalanta in Serie A before moving to León at the beginning of 2016.