by Christian Araos
New York City FC have finalized the signing of Panamanian midfielder Miguel Camargo on loan from Chorillo FC, the club announced Wednesday.
Camargo joins NYCFC on a one-year deal with the club holding an option to buy. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in 33 appearances on loan at Mineros de Guyana in Venezuela in 2016. Camargo has 12 appearances with Panama scoring in the Copa America Centenario and is can play in the middle or out wide.
“I’m very happy and satisfied to be part of this club,”Camargo said to NYCFC.com. “I know I’ll work hard to give the best I can to be at the level I know I can be at. Being here will be a motivation for me to give my all and to play with great players like there are on the team. I describe myself as a very responsible and respectful player who gives his all on the field and also during training and all the games.”
Camargo is expected to join NYCFC for preseason training once he receives his ITC and P-1 Visa. Sporting director Claudio Reyna said he is expecting Camargo’s international experience and form last season to carry over to MLS.
“I’m delighted to welcome Miguel to the club,” Reyna said. “He’s a dynamic attacking midfielder who can play in a number of different roles and he’s coming off a great goalscoring season in Venezuela. It’s important to spread the goals around the team and that’s something we managed to do well last year – Miguel will be another player who will contribute in the attacking third.”
Meanwhile, head coach Patrick Vieira said he expects Camargo to challenge Thomas McNamara, Khiry Shelton and Jack Harrison for a place in the first-team.
“Miguel brings a versatility and tactical intelligence which will give us a number of options in his area of the field going into next season,” Vieira said. “I’m looking forward to working with him in the new year on our training camp.”