Utica City FC announced today that the club has made their first trade of the season, acquiring forward Freddy Moojen from the Florida Tropics in exchange for forward Andre Braithwaite.

Moojen has picked up nine points (5-4-9) in six games with the Tropics this season and finished last year with 35 points (22-13-35) in 22 games. Braithwaite recorded a goal and an assist in five games with Utica this season.

“Our lone goal this season is to win a championship and Freddy Moojen puts us one step closer to accomplishing that,” Utica City FC General Manager Tommy Tanner said. “He makes our team better up front and I’m confident that he will make an immediate impact in Utica. He is an established target in this league and he’s a player that can generate offense in all situations.”

Born in Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, Moojen has gained extensive playing experience in both outdoor and arena soccer. After one season at Clemson University in 2006, Moojen turned pro and has since appeared in over 350 professional games across North America and Europe. Earning Canadian citizenship in 2013, Moojen represented the country at the 2016 CONCACAF Futsal Championship where he scored five goals and earned the tournament’s Golden Boot Award as the top scorer.

Utica City FC has experienced a successful first 6 weeks of their season, garnering a record of 7-2 in their first 9 games, stopping at nothing to get the win in many close matches. Utica City FC’s ownership has made it known that this season, the goal is to win at all costs, and make the push towards a Ron Newman Cup Championship. Utica City FC has sold out their last three consecutive home games at the Adirondack Bank Center, as the soccer frenzy continues to grow in the Mohawk Valley.

Utica City FC begins a two-game road trip tomorrow, where they will face St. Louis and Kansas City before traveling back to Harrisburg on January 25. Utica City returns home for a Sunday match on January 27 against the Orlando SeaWolves. Tickets can be purchased at www.empirestatetix.com.