SOURCE: Javier Calle May Join But Not As DPSource tells columnist Nick Chavez that the 23-year-old Colombian midfielder has had positive talks with NYCFC, but won’t be a Designated Player
by Nick Chavez | Thursday, December 11, 2014
Yesterday Leander Schaerlaeckens of Fox broke a story that 23-year old Colombian midfielder Javier Calle would be New York City FC’s 3rd Designated Player.
However, a source close to City Football Group has informed me that Calle’s signing with New York City FC is not yet official, though the talks between the player and NYCFC have been positive.
Furthermore, my source also rejected Mr. Schaerlaekens’s claim that Javier Calle would be taking up one of New York City FC’s Designated Player slots if he indeed decides to join the club for its inaugural season in 2015.
Javier Calle plays for Colombian club Deportivo Independiente Medellín, and is reportedly a fast, versatile midfielder, who is strong with his ball distribution, dangerous with his crosses into the box, and useful in defense. A central midfielder with a lot of stamina, Calle can also be utilized in the right midfield. He also has 5 appearances with the Colombian U-20 National Team.
At age 23, Javier Calle would be an answer to what many Major League Soccer fans want more of: quality international players deciding to compete in MLS while still in their prime. Of course, in Javier’s case, he most likely hasn’t even reached his prime yet.
For marketing purposes, NYCFC may also be especially interested in signing quality Colombian players due to the impressively-large showing of passionate Colombian fans in the streets of New York City celebrating during the Colombian National Team’s stand-out World Cup run, hoping to further attract this large demographic of futbol-loving people to support local expansion club.
In any case, it would appear that earlier reports of Javier Calle taking a Designated Player slot (if he does sign with the club) are incorrect, which should be music to the ears of NYCFC supporters who are still awaiting the arrival of a more well-known star to club, if my source is indeed correct.