NYCFC: Lopez sidelined 3-4 months, Callens officially joins

Patrick Vieira has some important decisions to make in the NYCFC midfield following Friday’s news regarding Mikey Lopez.

The center midfielder underwent surgery to repair an injured ankle and Lopez is expected to miss the first three to four months of the upcoming MLS season, according to a club release.

Lopez, 23, joined NYCFC in 2016 after previously spending time with Sporting KC. The Texas native made 17 appearances for the Light Blues last season across all competitions.

Elsewhere, NYCFC has officially announced the signing of Peruvian defender Alexander Callens, who most recently played for Numancia of Spain’s Segunda Division.

The 24-year-old central defender is expected to compete for a starting role, with Maxime Chanot, Fredrick Brillant and Ethan White serving as his main competition.

“This is a great joy. It’s a new experience that I’m sure will help me maintain a good competitive rhythm and will help me develop more at my position,” Callens said. “Of course it’s exciting to have a coach like Patrick Vieira with experience at a world level and who will guide me to help improve in my performance.

“I’m a player who pulls out the claws and leaves everything on the field, ready to defend the team, and I have a lot to learn but I’m sure I’ll meet the fans’ expectations.”

Callens will join the club in the coming days down in Jacksonville as NYCFC continues its preseason preparation for the 2017 MLS season.

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