NYCFC add Mendoza on loan, place Harrison on disabled list

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by CHRISTIAN ARAOS

New York City FC continued its busy Friday afternoon, signing Colombian forward Stiven Mendoza on loan from Brazilian club Corinthians for the 2016 season.

To add Mendoza to the roster, NYCFC placed winger Jack Harrison on the disabled list. MLS roster rules allow clubs that place international players like Harrison on the disabled list to replace the player with another international player. This year’s number one draft pick is ineligible for at least New York City’s next six MLS matches.

Mendoza spent last season on loan with Indian side Chennaiyin FC where won the Indian Super League Golden Boot with 13 goals and was named Hero of the League after leading his club to the title. The 23-year-old made ten appearances for Corinthians in 2015. Mendoza said he is a fast player who hopes to contribute to the attack from out wide.

“Everyone kept telling me that it’s a team that is forming and coming together really well.” Mendoza told NYCFC.com. “Patrick Vieira is someone who wants to win. I’ve talked with the head coach and I am very excited by the confidence he has in me.”

Mendoza has received his P1 visa and is eligible to be included in NYCFC’s side for Sunday’s match against Toronto FC. New York City have an option to purchase the player at the end of the season.

“I think Mendoza will be an exciting player to watch and will bring further pace and creative ability to the squad,” sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “He has good experience in Brazil with Corinthians and has played abroad in India – so he also has experience playing outside of South America. We are confident that he will adapt well to MLS and be an important player for us moving forward.”