New York City FC Wednesday acquired midfielder Tony Rocha from Orlando City SC in exchange for its fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
Rocha spent the last three seasons with Orlando City. making 23 appearances and recprding four assists for the first team between loan spells at Orlando City B in 2017 and Saint Louis FC in the United Soccer League last season.
The 25-year-old, who hails from Spring, Texas, got his start in professional soccer with the Austin Aztex after a college career at University of Tulsa.
“I’m excited to join an organization that has a winning culture and also for the opportunity to play in such a great city as New York,” Rocha said. “I’m looking forward to getting started.
“I’m proud to be able to play in front of the NYCFC supporters and will give it my all every game for them.”
Since joining the team as head coach in June, Domènec Torrent had been impressed with the 5-9, 165-lb. Rocha.
“I really like Tony as a player and he’s proven to be extremely versatile during his time in Orlando,” he said. “Playing both midfield and defense, we think he’ll fit our system quite well and provide us with quality depth across the pitch.”
Added sporting director Claudio Reyna: “Tony is a player we’ve had our eye on for quite a while. He’s a really talented player who has had success in the USL and earned his opportunity in MLS. At only 25 years of age, he’s just now entering the prime of his career and we’re really excited to have him here in New York City.”