Nicolas Acevedo will play at Esporte Clube Bahia through the end of 2023. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)

New York City Football Club Thursday announced that it loaned midfielder Nicolas Acevedo to Brazilian side Esporte Clube Bahia through Dec. 31, 2023.

Over two seasons with the MLS team, the Uruguayan midfielder featured in 67 games, playing in 3,754 minutes. Acevedo played an important role in helping the club win its first MLS Cup in 2021 and was a starter in the 2022 Campeones Cup, which saw City win.

“We believe this is a great opportunity for Nico to continue to develop and grow his career in a very competitive league, while at the same time giving us flexibility as we continue to build the roster ahead of the 2023 season,” sporting director David Lee said in a statement.

“Nico has been an important part of our success the past three seasons, showing his top professionalism both on-and-off the field. We look forward to following Nico throughout the season and wish him and his family all the best in Brazil.”

Added Acevedo: “I want to thank David Lee and the coaching staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to come to New York. I have seen myself grow both on a professional and personal level, with MLS Cup and Campeones Cup being the highlight.

“I look forward to this new challenge in Brazil and wish everyone at NYCFC the best this upcoming season.”