Maxi Moralez finished with seven goals and 20 assists in 2019. (Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

He was the fulcrum of the New York City FC attack, whether it was scoring a goal or setting up a teammate.

Maxi Moralez might have always been the shortest player on the field (5-3 and 11-lbs.), but he was long in impact. That’s why he was selected as the men’s professional player of the year.

Moralez finished the 2019 season with seven goals and 20 assists, becoming only the third Major League Soccer player to crack the 20-assist barrier (he joined Carlos Valderrama and Sacha Kljestan in the exclusive club).

He also was named to the MLS Best XI and the league’s all-star game while earning MVP honors from NYCFC.

Beyond mere numbers, the 32-year-old Moralez controlled the pace for NYCFC in a season in which the club finished atop the Eastern Conference and earn a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League. His pin-point passes and through balls helped set up his teammates on numerous occasions.

If the Argentine had one glaring weakness, it was his ability convert penalty kicks into goals. In eight attempts in 2019, he connected only four times.

Barring an injury Moralez is expected to run the show again and show the soccer world that big things can come from little packages.

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