Official: Corinthians announce Mendoza loan to NYCFC

Mendoza NYCFC

by DAVE MARTINEZ

After a four goal outburst against the Chicago Fire, New York City FC are set to introduce more scoring power to their roster.

Brazilian side Corinthians officially announced a one-year loan deal that will send striker Stiven Mendoza to NYCFC. No details of the deal were offered at the time of publication. However, an ESPN report cites former club President Andres Sanchez who said the player would be sold at some point during the winter for a fee of $3.5 million.

The 23-year-old Colombian attacker has traveled extensively from club to club since making his debut in 2010. He featured for four Colombian first league sides, including Cali and Envigado, before moving to the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin FC. He joined Corinthians in 2015 only to be loaned back out to his former Indian side, where he scored 11 goals in 13 appearances last year. Mendoza can play both as a center forward and on the left of attack.

NYCFC have not made the deal official at the time of this report. EoS reached out to NYCFC, but did not receive comment at this time.

Mendoza’s loan deal further muddies an awkward roster situation for NYCFC. As EoS reported last week, the club owns 11 roster spots and is currently using each allotment. Mendoza would require an international slot to join the team. For now, Jack Harrison is injured and could be put on IR, opening up a temporary spot for the team to utilize. It is unknown whether they will eventually acquire another slot for Mendoza.