Maxi Rodriguez has signed a two-year contract extension with Detroit City FC after leading the team with nine goals during the 2022 USL Championship season. | Photo courtesy Jon DeBoer / Detroit City FC
DETROIT – Detroit City FC announced on Thursday the club had signed midfielder Maxi Rodriguez to a two-year contract extension through the 2024 USL Championship season. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Rodriguez signed for Le Rouge ahead of the 2021 season and immediately claimed his place in the heart of the midfield. This past campaign, Rodriguez was one of the key returners to the squad as the club made the transition into the USL Championship and was crucial to the team’s successful inaugural campaign, leading the team in goals (9), passes (1,487), interceptions (56), tackles (104), duels (392) and duels won (228).
The 27-year-old was named to the USL Championship Team of the Week six times throughout 2022. He was also voted the USL Championship Player of the Week after recording a hat trick against Loudoun United FC on October 1, which marked the club’s first hat trick in a professional league match.
Rodriguez’s most memorable highlight of 2022 was his performance against the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer in the US Open Cup match on April 19. Rodriguez scored two second-half goals including a late penalty to see Detroit City FC advance to the Round of 32.
A native of San Antonio, Rodriguez has made 66 appearances in the Championship over his career, having previously spent two seasons with hometown club San Antonio FC in 2017-18. He additionally competed in USL League One for one season with the Richmond Kickers in 2019, where he made 23 appearances and notched one goal and 17 chances created.