New York City FC has acquired Federico Bravo from Boca Juniors on loan until the end of the 2016 MLS season. The 22-year old defensive midfielder has made 37 appearances for the Boca Juniors first team since 2013.
“This league is growing rapidly and is an exciting place to play.” Bravo told NYCFC.com. “This is a great club to be part of, I can feel that already. I joined up with the group a few days ago and everyone is focused, working hard and looking forward to the start of the season. We hope to have a good year.”
While his natural position is midfield, Bravo noted is also comfortable playing central defense as well.
Claudio Reyna, NYC FC’s sporting director feels the addition of Bravo gives the team another young promising defender for the 2016 season.
“Federico is a good passing defensive midfielder who can shield the back four,” he said. “We’re getting a player with good experience that can provide depth and qualities we need.”
Head Coach Patrick Vieira added that Bravo can bring versatility to the defensive makeup of the roster.
“He’s a holding midfielder that can also play at the back, I like this versatility. He’s got good technical ability and importantly his game understanding is really good,” he said. “He’s already fitted well into the group and trained with the players for the first time yesterday. He is fit and ready to play.”