New York City FC confirmed Yangel Herrera’s loan move today, nearly two weeks after we reported that Herrera was bound for New York City.
Herrera will join NYCFC for the 2017 season and will not count as a Designated Player. NYC’s sister club Manchester City purchased Herrera from Atlético Venezuela for what is believed to be a four year deal. Terms of the deal have not been announced yet though it’s believed Man City paid a fee in the neighborhood of €2 million for the 19-year-old.
Herrera will immediately give Vieira a strong option at central defensive midfield following the departures of Bravo and Iraola. He joins NYCFC after captaining Venezuela to a fourth place finish in the South American U-20 Championships.
The youngster is excited to join NYCFC and work with Patrick Vieira, speaking to NYCFC.com:
“I’m looking forward to playing under Patrick Vieira as he’s someone who played my position and I know I’ll be able to learn a lot from him. I want to absorb all the good things from Patrick and the other players.”
Vieira himself was equally excited to work with the exciting midfielder, calling him “a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well.”
At the moment it is unknown if NYCFC is compliant in regards to international roster spots. MLS has stated they do not keep a public list of team’s current international roster spots so we are left to speculate.