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New York City signs Colombian defender Jefferson Mena

The 26 year old center back arrives from Independiente Medellín in Colombia's first tier.

Mena (left) plans to be available for selection by the end of the month.
Mena (left) plans to be available for selection by the end of the month.

Following Sunday's bang-bang affair in which four goals twirled into New York City's net, more help is coming to Jason Kreis's back four.

The club announced the signing of Jefferson Mena today, who will look to provide depth and athleticism at center back. With Jason Hernandez nursing an injury and Kwame Watson-Siriboe's form representing something of a waking nightmare for the squad, Mena will have every chance to make an impact by the end of the month, pending a medical and the approval of his P1 Visa.

In order to obtain an additional international roster spot for 2015 and '16, New York City had previously traded allocation money to L.A. Galaxy.

Speaking with NYCFC.com, Mena had this to say on the occasion of the transfer:

"I’m very excited to join an ambitious club like New York City FC and to work with a very strong squad.  I look forward to meeting my new teammates and learning from the coaching staff while exploring my new home in the great city of New York. I am particularly excited about playing in front of New York City FC Fans, who I hear create a great atmosphere for the team at Yankee Stadium."

Mena made 81 appearances for Independiente dating back to 2011. Last year, the side finished runners-up in the Categoría Primera A. He projects to bring a modicum of pace and technical prowess to an ever-shuffling New York City defense unable to buck the injury bug.

Sporting Director Claudio Reyna had this to say to NYCFC.com following the announcement:

"We’re delighted to come to an agreement to bring Jefferson to New York City FC. He is a talented defender with a commanding presence that will help strengthen our squad."

Let's hope! For the first half of Sunday's 4-4 eye-popper, New York City's best center back was a 20 year old loanee.

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