Vieira likes Bravo’s “Versatility” On Defense

(Patrick Vieira – Courtesy of NYC FC)

New York City Fpotball Club announced on Saturday that they acquired Federico Bravo from Boca Juniors on loan until the end of the 2016 MLS season. The loan is pending ITC.

Bravo, a 22-year old defensive midfielder, has made 37 appearances for the Boca Juniors first team since 2013.

Bravo said in a statement, “This league is growing rapidly and is an exciting place to play. My position is defensive midfield, but I can also play in central defense. I will give 100% on every play and support the team wherever necessary.

 “This is a great club to be part of, I can feel that already. I joined up with the group a few days ago and everyone is focused, working hard and looking forward to the start of the season. We hope to have a good year.”

NYC FC Head Coach Patrick Vieira believes that Bravo can bring versatility to the defensive makeup of the roster.

Vieira said, “He’s a holding midfielder that can also play at the back, I like this versatility. He’s got good technical ability and importantly his game understanding is really good. He’s already fitted well into the group and trained with the players for the first time yesterday. He is fit and ready to play.”

New York City FC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna believes that Bravo is another promising young addition to the team, and said, “Federico is a good passing defensive midfielder who can shield the back four. He’s played over 35 first team games for Boca Juniors in a very competitive league. We’re getting a player with good experience that can provide depth and qualities we need.

 “He’s also another young player that we’ve added to the team during this window. It’s been one of the focuses of our offseason recruitment to make sure we added some youthful energy into the squad – and with the additions of Ronald, Diego, Ethan, Jack, Mikey and now Federico – we have added a good amount of quality under the age of 25.”




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