New York City Football Club (NYCFC) has some work to do to their midfield this offseason.
Medhi Ballouchy, who has played in MLS for 11 seasons, announced his retirement Friday morning.
After Frank Lampard announced that he will be leaving the club when his contract expires this offseason, and Andoni Iraola announcing his retirement yesterday, NYCFC have now lost a third piece of their midfield.
— New York City FC (@NYCFC) November 18, 2016
The 33-year-old midfielder from Morocco had been with NYCFC from the start, since getting drafted in the 2014 MLS Expansion draft. Ballouchy appeared 23 times for NYCFC in the two years he spent here, scoring three goals while assisting on two. Before New York City, Ballouchy had stops in Salt Lake City, where Real Salt Lake drafted him second overall in 2006, Colorado, Red Bulls, San Jose, and Vancouver.
While he appeared for the Morocco National Team at youth levels, he was never called up to represent the senior squad.
While Ballouchy only appeared for NYCFC four times this past season, the franchise was very appreciative of his contributions while he was here.
“As one of the original squad members in our inaugural season, his place in the history of this club is assured and he’ll always be remembered fondly by all of us here as he ends his professional playing career,” said Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna.