New York City FC sign veteran Spanish midfielder Pablo Alvarez on a free transfer

New York City FC announced Friday that they have signed midfielder Pablo Alvarez Nunez on a free transfer. Alvarez spent the preseason training with New York City FC playing in the midfield in their friendlies.

A 34-year-old native of Spain, Alvarez is a veteran midfielder, known for playing on the wing, but can also play in a central midfield role.  New York City FC will be his first club outside of Spain. He most recently played for Langreo, and also spent five years playing for Sporting Gijon, where he scored 25 goals in 160 appearances and was teammates with NYCFC Designated Player David Villa. Other clubs on his resume include Deportivo La Coruna, Lugo, and Racing Santander.

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“I couldn’t be happier about officially signing with New York City FC ahead of our historic inaugural season,” Alvarez said in a statement. “I have trained hard with the team over the preseason, and will continue to work hard to give this team everything I can.  I am particularly excited to play in front of our fans at the iconic Yankee Stadium.”

Said head coach Jason Kreis: “Pablo has integrated well with the squad over the course of the preseason. His experience will add an important veteran presence to the team both on and off the field. We have worked hard to build a team with a balance of youth and experience and that should serve us well as we head into the season.”