New York City FC, who are in desperate need of defensive depth, have signed Colombian defender Jefferson Mena on a transfer from Colombian team Independiente Medellín, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, a P1 Visa and a physical.
“Jefferson is a player I have been watching for a while and I couldn’t be happier to add him to our squad,” NYCFC head coach Jason Kreis said in a club statement on NYCFC.com. “His athletic ability and speed will provide us with a strong new option in the center back position. He’s a good technical player just about to hit the prime of his career and will add international quality and experience to the team.”
NYCFC traded allocation money for an international roster slot in 2015 and 2016 from the Los Angeles Galaxy in order to complete the signing of Mena.
Jefferson was very excited on his move to New York, as he told NYCFC.com.
“I’m very excited to join an ambitious club like New York City FC and to work with a very strong squad. I look forward to meeting my new teammates and learning from the coaching staff while exploring my new home in the great city of New York. I am particularly excited about playing in front of New York City FC Fans, who I hear create a great atmosphere for the team at Yankee Stadium.”
Mena has made 81 appearances for Medellín since joining the team in 2011, helping his side to a runners-up finish in the 2014 Primera A Clausura, the Colombian league.
Sporting Director Claudio Reyna also spoke to the club's website about his new player acquisition.
“We’re delighted to come to an agreement to bring Jefferson to New York City FC. He is a talented defender with a commanding presence that will help strengthen our squad.”
Mena is now the fifth new addition to the club this summer, following the signings of Andrea Pirlo and Andoni Iraola, the return of Frank Lampard from his Manchester City loan, and the loan of Manchester City youth player Angelino to the MLS club.