After weeks of speculation, uncertainty, and back-and-forth, the club officially announced today that it has signed defender Alfredo Pacheco. Per MLS and club regulations, terms of the deal were not disclosed. To make room for Pacheco on its 24-man roster, the club waived goalkeeper Alec Dufty and moved midfielder Danleigh Borman from the senior roster to the developmental roster.
“One of our main priorities in the off season was to find a left-sided defender capable of joining the attack and we believe that Alfredo fits the bill,” said Sporting Director Jeff Agoos. “Alfredo has gained a significant amount of experience both on the club and international level and we look forward to his contribution in 2009.”
Prior to joining New York, Pacheco, 26, played for El Salvadorian First Division club, C.D. FAS, since 2000. After playing on the reserve team in his first season, the left back made 217 first team appearances for his club, scoring 32 goals. Pacheco was the team’s captain since 2005.
The Santa Ana, El Salvador native competed on several youth international levels and has been a fixture on the senior national team. Pacheco was involved in El Salvador’s 2006 World Cup Qualifying campaign and is currently participating in his country’s current run to qualify for the 2010 World Cup.
After training with New York as an unsigned draftee from the University of Evansville in the team’s 2009 preseason, Dufty was signed on March 17, 2009. Dufty made his MLS debut on April 11, coming on in the eighth minute for Danny Cepero in a 0-0 tie against the Houston Dynamo.