NYCFC sign Ecuadorian defender Andres Mendoza

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After a week of controversy, New York City FC have returned their focus to the playing field, signing Ecuadorian defender and former CD Maldonado back, Andres “Belleza” Mendoza.

“We’re delighted to add a defender of Mendoza’s calibre to our growing roster,” Head Coach Jason Kreis told NYCFC.com. “Andrés is an exciting prospect; he’s young, strong in the air and very athletic. He’s also a good passer which will be a great benefit to us as he can play the ball out of defense.

“He really ticks all the boxes that our coaching staff looks for in defenders. I’m confident he will reach his full potential playing in Major League Soccer and will make a positive impact on this league.”

As reported this past August, Mendoza, 25, arranged for a December departure from his current club team to join NYCFC.  He has spent the past three years with Universidad Catolica, joining the club in Serie B before becoming starter the past two seasons for the promoted side.  Standing at an impressive 6’2″, the Guayaquil product provides an imposing presence at center back, but has also played at defensive midfield.

“It’s an honor to sign for a Club that has such high ambitions. This is a big move for me personally and I’m excited to be a part of a roster that is already looking very strong,” Mendoza said in a statement. “I’ve never played outside of South America before so this is an exciting sporting and lifestyle change for me and I’m very much looking forward to it. I can’t wait to start getting to know the culture, the people and most importantly the fans in New York.

“I’m going to do everything I can to earn positive results for this Club and I’m thrilled to begin this new chapter in my career.”

Here is a highlight package of his work:

  • Anonymous

    Are we sure they REALLY signed him?

  • Fred

    That’s a great nickname.

  • Lou

    NYCFC better not hope he does TOO well or there’ll be an Ecuadorian joining Mother City.

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  • NOLA PMull fan

    Is there a quality NYCFC podcast yet?