An extremely sociable and gentle guy off the field. A fun player with a great touch and dribbling on. These are my feelings about Maxi Moralez after having seen him playing in Italy and the United States.

You probably remember his experience with Atalanta as well. 148 appearances, 20 goals and 20 assist in the Bergamo squad. Now his decision to play in the MLS with the New York City Football Club (NYCFC).

Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Calcio e Finanza had the opportunity to interview the new star of New York soccer. It’s only a few months that he has joined players like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo, but he has already realized that things are going seriously in the United States.

I believe that in the coming years the MLS can approach the level of European championships. I do not know if it will become like those leagues, but this is the objective of those that are managing the US soccer system. Currently I cannot compare MLS with Serie A. I always believed that the Italian championship is one of the best in the world. – said with a bit of melancholy the Argentine player.”

Moralez knows that NYCFC ambitions are high. The club owned by sheikh Manṣūr bin Zāyed Āl Nahyān (obviously known for Manchester City’s millionaire management) has a very specific goal, to become a reference football power for Major League Soccer (MLS).

I came here to win trophies. I joined this project. This is the goal of the team, of the coach (Patrick Vieira),  and of the whole club. Hopefully this may be the right year to triumph, we will try our best. The group was built to win.

Just as we were interviewing Maxi in the locker room, all the players were staring at the screens to follow the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid. The Argentine has not forgotten the Italian football and at the end of the first half, when the scoreboard was 1-1, he revealed:

I’m rooting for Juventus. I sincerely hope they can win. I think this is the right time for them.” (Unfortunately his wish did not come true).

Maxi Moralez also expressed his point of view on Francesco Totti’s recent farewell to Roma:

He is a legend for all those who love football. Wherever he goes people know him. If there would be a chance to play in the MLS it would be good for Totti and for the team that would sign him. It would be great for soccer and for MLS whether he comes to our team or somewhere else”.