HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Club Leon on February 15, 2017.
Moralez is dynamic midfielder who is crafty and direct with the ball. Though 5' 3", he uses his creativity and technical ability to outmaneuver bigger defenders. He should again bring a punch to NYCFC attacking progressions up field and play in the final this season just as he did in his debut campaign.
INTERNATIONAL: At the international level, Maxi was a teammate of Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria in Argentina’s U20 FIFA World Cup-winning squad, earning the Silver Ball and the Bronze Shoe awards thanks to his four goals, including one in the semifinal. Moralez went on to win his first senior international cap with Argentina in a 4-1 friendly win over Venezuela in March 2011.
OUTSIDE MLS: Moralez began his career with 17-time Argentine Champions Racing after advancing through the youth ranks in Buenos Aires. A diminutive, fleet-footed player with Argentine tradition, Moralez spent three seasons on the first-team roster before half a season at FC Moscow. Racing opted to take him back on loan and he made a key contribution in 2007/08, scoring the decisive goal against Belgrano to steer his boyhood club away from relegation. The following year, Maxi joined Velez Sarsfield where he enjoyed one of his greatest moments of his career, scoring the winning goal against Huracan on the final day to clinch the Argentine title. He would go on to win a second title with Velez in 2011 and helped the team to the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, featuring in 11 of their 12 games, scoring five goals. The Granadero Baigorria-born midfielder joined Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta in 2011 where he spent four years, appearing in 109 games, netting 16 times and assisting 17 more. Newly-promoted upon Maxi’s arrival, during his time in Italy, Atalanta managed to consolidate their position in the league and racked up a club record points tally in his first season there. Club Leon came calling for his services last year and he has featured on 25 occasions, helping them to an eighth-place finish in 2016.