The 2017 season was a difficult one for Ronald Matarrita as injuries limited his appearances to 12 matches.
But the Costa Rican international will be back on the Yankee Stadium pitch in 2018 as Matarrita and New York City FC have agreed to a contract extension using Targeted Allocation Money.
“I am very happy to re-sign with New York City, it’s the team that has given me the strength to raise my level as a football player and as a professional,” he told NYCFC.com.
Matarrita, who joined NYCFC from Alajuelense in January 2016, endured an injury-plagued second season with City after he suffered a metatarsal fracture. Despite missing the majority of the campaign, he contributed to New York City’s run to the playoffs finishing the season with 14 appearances and two assists.
“I am really delighted that Matarrita has signed his new contract with us. He’s still really young and he still has some parts of his game that he needs to work on to improve to get even better but I’m glad that he will have the chance to do that with us here in New York,” said Patrick Vieira, NYCFC’s head coach.
“It was a really tough season for him because of the injuries that he had but what I like about him is his work ethic and his determination to come back even stronger. What is good in our football club is that we will have two really good left-backs,” he added.
A regular member of the Costa Rican national team, Matarrita is expected to represent his country at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia this coming summer.