NYCFC signs Jesus Medina as third Designated Player

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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 NYCFC.com.

“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.