February 15, 2017
BOLSTERING THE BACK
Former Portland Timber Rodney Wallace joins NYC FC
New York City FC has signed Costa Rican defender Rodney Wallace, the team announced Wednesday night.
Wallace, who scored the deciding goal for the Portland Timbers in the 2015 MLS Cup, has been playing for Sport Recife in Brazil. NYCFC traded $75,000 in General Allocation Money and $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money to the Timbers in exchange for the right of first refusal for Wallace.
“It’s a great honor to be an NYCFC player,” Wallace said. “It’s a dream come true to get this done and be here with such a great organization and a good team. I’ve watched a lot of the NYCFC games since the team came to the league and I was attracted to the style of play. I want to win trophies with this club, I want to come here and add to a bigger piece. We all want to achieve big things together and I’m just really happy to be here and to work towards that.
“I’m looking forward to playing in front of our fans, I’m going to give it 100 percent and work hard to compete for trophies and hopefully we can celebrate together at the end of the year.”
Said NYC FC coach Patrick Vieira: “Rodney is a quality player who can play as a winger, as a left back or as a left midfielder. He’s really good with the ball and he knows how to win the championship as he did it with Portland.
“He will bring his experience to this squad which is great for us – I’m really looking forward to him coming because I believe that he’s one of the top players in this league.”
Wallace played 32 regular-season games and five playoff matches, converting a seventh-minute goal in the Timbers’ 2-1 win over Columbus in the 2015 MLS Cup final.
Wallace, born in San Jose, Costa Rica, moved to the U.S. at age nine, growing up in Maryland and playing for the University of Maryland Terrapins, then joining MLS as a Generation adidas player. Wallace made 39 appearances in two seasons with D.C. United, then was traded to the Timbers in exchange for Dax McCarty in 2011. Wallace played 120 games in four seasons for the Timbers, then went to FC Arouca in Portugal and Recife (24 appearances, 4 goals).
Wallace has totaled 17 appearances for the Costa Rica national team, his last in a 4-0 win over the U.S. in November.
“Rodney is a great addition to the squad,’’ NYC FC sporsting director Claudio Reyna said. “He’s a competitor that will bring a winning mentality to our club. He is a player that will add depth to our squad, both as a left winger and left back. He’s an international player with Costa Rica, he knows the league and won MLS Cup, but most important for us, is his desire to want to come to our club. We’re really excited to have him – at 28, he’s coming into the prime of his career and we think playing with us will get him back into his national team.”