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February 14, 2017
Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera joins NYC FC on loan

New York City FC have acquired Venezuelan midfielder Yangel Herrera on loan, the team announced Tuesday.

Herrera, who captained Venezuela to third place in the South American U-20 Championships, transferred from Atletico Venezuela to Manchester City on January 31.

“I’m very happy to take this next step in my career,” Herrera said. “To have the opportunity to play with such a high caliber of players is very exciting and to join a team that has a good football philosophy is very important to me. I’m looking forward to playing under (coach) 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.”

“Although Yangel is just starting out on his career, we believe he will make an impact in Major League Soccer once he’s settled into a new country and has adapted to our system of play,” Vieira said. “He’s a tactically intelligent midfielder who is strong in the tackle and reads the game well. Yangel also has good passing range and spatial awareness, which is crucial for a player in his position. I look forward to welcoming him to our squad after the South American Championships where he’s been playing very well for Venezuela.”

Herrera, born in La Guaira, 19 miles from Caracas, started his youth career at Monagas SC, then joined Atletico, making 32 appearances last year. Herrera made his international debut in a 2-0 loss to Brazil last year. Herrera scored in a 1-1 draw with Peru and in a 4-2 win over Ecuador as Venezuela had its highest finish since 1954 in the South American tournament.

Venezuela advanced from Group B of the competition along with Argentina and Uruguay with Herrera scoring in the 1-1 draw against Peru. He was on the scoresheet once again in the first game of the final stage last week, netting a stunning opener from range in a 4-2 win over hosts Ecuador.
Venezuela went on to finish in third place in the tournament – their best finish in the competition since 1954.

“We’re happy to have Yangel with us for the 2017 MLS season and he will provide strong competition for places in midfield,” NYC FC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “Yangel is recognized as an extremely promising young player in South America and we’re looking forward to seeing him develop during his time with us in New York. We feel NYCFC will be a fantastic place for him to play, particularly working with Patrick Vieira who has excellent experience working with young players.”

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