As New York City FC continues working to put the final touches on its roster for the 2017 season, the team has acquired Yangel Herrera on loan from its parent club, Manchester City. The deal will be finalized pending receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC.
Herrera most recently captained the Venezuelan U20 team to a third place finish in the South American Championships. He will spend the season with New York City after joining Manchester City from Atletico Venezuela on January 31.
“I’m very happy to take this next step in my career. To have the opportunity to play with such a high caliber of players is very exciting and to join a team that has a good football philosophy is very important to me,” he told NYCFC.com. “I’m looking forward to playing under Patrick Vieira as he’s someone who played my position and I know I’ll be able to learn a lot from him.”
Head coach Patrick Vieira said he believes Yangel will have an impact on MLS once he’s settled into the U.S. and adapts to NYCFC’s system of play.
“He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well,” Vieira said. “Yangel also has good passing range and spatial awareness, which is crucial for a player in his position.
A defensive midfielder who was born in La Guarira, 19 miles from Caracas, Herrera started out his youth career at Monagas SC before Atletico swooped in for his services last year. In all, he represented Atletico on 32 occasions, helping them to the semifinals of the National Championships.
Herrera made his international debut against Brazil in a 2-0 defeat last year and he has just finished taking part in the South American U20 Championships where Venezuela advanced from Group B of the competition along with Argentina and Uruguay with Herrera scoring in the 1-1 draw against Peru.
He was on the scoresheet once again in the first game of the final stage last week, netting the opener in a 4-2 win over hosts Ecuador.