The continued search to solidify a struggling back line continued on Tuesday as New York City FC officially announced the signing of 26-year-old Colombian defender Jefferson Mena.
Mena was acquired on a transfer from Colombian team Independiente Medellin and will join the club later on this month (most likely against Orlando City) pending the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, P1 Visa and a physical.
“I’m very excited to join an ambitious club like New York City FC and to work with a very strong squad,” he said to NYCFC.com. “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.”
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Mena, a center back, made 47 appearances with Independiente Medellin, scoring three goals in his Colombian career.
He is a welcome addition to a backline that has struggled lately, especially at home, allowing seven goals to visiting teams in the past two home matches. His speed gives him the ability to play any of the backline spots and should bolster a backline got completely torched by Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco last Sunday, along with other speedsters this season.
“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 stated. “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.”
While adding Mena, NYCFC traded for a 2015 and 2016 international roster slot with the L.A. Galaxy.
The move could mean the end of Kwame Watson-Siriboe’s time with the club. Siriboe struggled immensely in NYCFC’s 4-4 draw against Toronto, and hasn’t been able to play up to par all season.
With the recent additions of Andoni Iraola, and Angelino, NYCFC’s defensive backline should see a massive improvement going into the rest of the season.