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New York City FC signs former RSL midfielder John Stertzer

New York City FC added former Real Salt Lake midfielder John Stertzer to its squad on Thursday.

Stertzer, 26, had been on trial with the team in preseason and did enough to impress NYCFC coachPatrick Vieira.

"What I like about John is his attitude and his work ethic - he's a really smart player who is a goalscorer," Vieira said in a statement. "The timing of his runs inside the box is really good -- he's always at the right place at the right time and his finishing is excellent.

"He's someone has really fought for a spot and he will bring a lot of competition for his position. To add one more quality player to our roster is really pleasing."

Stertzer had been with RSL for five seasons and made 48 appearances in the MLS regular season with one goal. RSL declined to pick up his contract option in November.

He is the third midfielder to join NYCFC in the past two days, after the additions of the more forward-thinkingMaximiliano Moralez andRodney Wallace on Wednesday.

"It feels great -- I'm so grateful for the opportunity NYCFC have given me to come in and try to earn the spot," Stertzer said. "From day one, I've felt like I was at home, everyone has been so open and welcoming, giving me the confidence to push forward.

"I grew up watching Patrick as a player and he's such a great coach -- I feel like I've already learned so much from the first camp right through to now -- I'm learning so much every day."

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