New York City FC has used its third Designated Player spot for an injection of youth as the Major League Soccer side has signed Paraguayan international Jesus Medina.
Subject to receipt of his P1 Visa and ITC, the 20-year old becomes City’s first-ever “Young Designated Player” and has signed a four-year contract following his transfer from Club Libertad in his native Paraguay. He fills the Designated Player spot vacated by the retirement of Andrea Pirlo.
Medina debuted for Libertad at the age of 15 and made 74 senior appearances with 17 goals. He also appeared 14 times in South American continental competition helping Libertad to the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana in 2017.
“My first thought when I heard of the interest was that it was a great club, an important club in the United States — it’s a great feeling,” Medina told NYCFC.com. “I then made the decision to go over there to keep growing as a player and as a person.”
Medina is the latest newcomer for New York City with the recent additions of Saad Abdul-Salaam, Brad Stuver and Anton Tinnerholm.
Patrick Vieira, NYCFC head coach, views Medina as a “special talent” who has the ability to score goals and also set up his new teammates.
“We don’t look at the age when we identify the players we want to bring to this football club, we just look at talent,” he said. “Obviously any young player will need time to adapt and there will be some parts of his game that he will need to develop but I believe that we have the structure in place at NYCFC to help him do that — we will make him feel like he is at home.”