New York City FC has signed Rodney Wallace after completing a trade with the Portland Timbers for $125,000 in a combination of General Allocation Money and Targeted Allocation Money.
Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Wallace was a member of Portland’s MLS Cup winning side in 2015. He featured in 32 regular season games and starting in all five playoff matches, completing a total of eight assists in a year which he capped with the winning goal in the MLS Cup final against Sporting Kansas City.
A Generation adidas player, Rodney was drafted by DC United in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft where he would go on to make 39 appearances in two seasons before he swapped clubs with Dax McCarty and joined Portland Timbers in 2011. He represented Portland on 120 occasions in his four years at Providence Park before signing for Portuguese outfit FC Arouca as an MLS Cup champion in January 2016.
Following two months in Portugal, he signed for Sport Recife in March 2016 where he made 24 appearances, scoring four goals.
An international teammate of Ronald Matarrita, Wallace has earned 17 caps to date since his Costa Rica debut, with his last appearance coming in the 4-0 win over the United States in November 2016.
“It’s a great honor to be an NYCFC player – it’s a dream come true to get this done and be here with such a great organization and a good team,” Wallace said. “I’ve watched a lot of the NYCFC games since the team came to the league and I was attracted to the style of play.”