New York City FC target Harold Cummings told reporters yesterday that he’s close to finalizing his move to MLS. NYCFC analyst Glenn Crooks broke the news that New York City was among the teams trying to sign the 24 year old Panamanian center back.
Cummings told reporters:
“It’s almost a sure thing, but we’re going to wait until the club itself announces the news. It’s a MLS team, but we’ll wait until they reveal it the signing, then I’ll make my comments.”
When asked for specifics as to how close the move was, he said it was his agent which should be consulted.
Cummings is a free agent after his contract with LD Alajuelense expired at the end of the year. He joined Alajuelense on loan in 2016 so he did not have the chance to play with Matarrita. The approximately 5’11” defender became a fixture for the LDA back line when he was healthy; he suffered a broken jaw and a hand fracture which forced him to miss 14 matches throughout the season. Cummings is currently the third choice center back for Panama, but has earned 46 caps since being called up in 2010.
As it currently stands NYCFC have 4 center backs: Frederic Brillant, Maxime Chanot, Ethan White and Jefferson Mena, though Mena’s departure seems a matter of when and not if. One would be led to believe that the addition of Cummings would allow Patrick Vieira to part with Jefferson Mena.
If the signing is confirmed by NYCFC, Harold Cummings would be only the third player signed this offseason in which nine players have left the club. NYCFC has not commented on the reports yet.