NYCFC signs Jesus Medina as third Designated Player


In an attempt to get younger, Patrick Vieira has brought in another talented Designated Player as New York City FC prepares for the 2018 MLS season.

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On Sunday, NYCFC announced the signing of Jesus Medina — who becomes the club’s third DP signing heading into next year. Medina joins captain David Villa and Maxi Moralez as the team’s DPs.

The 20-year-old Paraguayan joins the MLS side from Club Libertad, who play in Medina’s native country.

“It’s a unique feeling, I’ve always wanted to play at a grand club like New York City FC who are doing great things and it’s a privilege to be here,” Medina told

“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. Claudio Reyna talked to me and said wonderful things about the club and the league. I then made the decision to go over there to keep growing as a player and as a person.

“It’s also such a special feeling to have a World Cup winner with France as a Head Coach. I think training with such an experienced professional, at my young age, will help me as a player and will hopefully be a great experience for me. He will teach me a lot.

Medina scored 17 goals in his six professional seasons with Libertad, with the young winger making his senior debut at the age of 15.

Additionally, Medina has represented the Under-17 and U-20 national teams for Paraguay, prior to making his senior team debut in 2017 against Mexico.