Santiago Rodriguez Returns to NYCFC on a 4-Year DP Deal

Santiago Rodriguez of Uruguay in 2019
Santiago Rodriguez of Uruguay in 2019. Photo by Hollandse Hoogte/Shutterstock (10346736b)

Despite previously expressing doubt about playing in MLS again, Uruguay midfielder Santiago Rodriguez is back in the United States. Rodriguez signed a four-year deal with New York City FC, joining the organization as a designated player.

This will be Rodriguez’s second stint with NYCFC after an 18-month loan spell that concluded in December 2022. The MLS side confirmed the move but didn’t disclose the financial terms of the deal.

Rodriguez initially joined NYCFC on loan from Montevideo City Torque in the summer of 2021 and immediately became one of the club’s most important players. He played 69 games in all competitions, helping the New York team to win MLS Cup and Campeones Cup trophies by scoring 11 goals and dishing 16 assists.

“Bringing Santi back to the club was a priority for us, and we are delighted that we have been able to finalize this deal,” said NYCFC sporting director David Lee in a statement. “We’re looking forward to welcoming him back into the group and supporting his development over the years ahead.”

New York City FC wanted to keep Santiago Rodriguez after his loan expired, but the player didn’t seem to be in favor of the move. He reportedly didn’t like the NYCFC’s contract offer and believed playing in MLS might lower his chances of making a move to Europe. However, after his proposed move to Brazilian club Bahia fell through earlier this year, Rodriguez changed his mind and will now have an opportunity to showcase his skill on MLS stadiums once again.