Tony Rocha saw action in 17 MLS matches in 2019 for NYCFC> (Photo courtesy of MLS)
NEW YORK – New York City FC announced Monday that midfielder Tony Rocha has agreed to a new contract with the Major League Soccer team.
City acquired Rocha in December 2018 from Orlando City SC in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft.
The Belize international appeared in 17 regular season matches while making one appearance in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Rocha had two assists across all competitions.
He made his international debut for Belize in September against Grenada during the Concacaf Nations League.
“My first season at New York City FC was all that I expected and more,” Rocha said. “Changing teams is never easy, but my teammates couldn’t have made it easier on me. They welcomed me with open arms from the beginning.
“The professionalism throughout the club speaks volumes of the culture that has been built here and I’m very excited to continue my career with NYCFC and sign a new contract.”
Rocha, 26, showed hid versatility in multiple positions in the midfield and defense.
“We’re really pleased that Tony has signed a new contract with the club which is well deserved after his performances last season,” NYCFC sporting director David Lee. “Tony proved to be a valuable member of our team, playing multiple positions across the season and became an important part of our locker room. We’re excited for Tony to continue his development at NYCFC and delighted he’ll be with us moving forward.”
The 5-9, 166-lb. Rocha has played for Orlando City SC and had stints in the United Soccer League with Orlando City B, Saint Louis FC and the Austin Aztex.
Rocha also competed for the University of Tulsa.
“There were a lot of highs this past season so I can look back and say it was a successful year, but we deserved so much more,” Rocha said. “I’m excited to get started back up in the preseason and look forward to winning a trophy for NYCFC. This city and our fans deserve it.”