Mezquida, 22, arrives in Vancouver having last been a member of Uruguayan Primera División side Centro Atlético Fénix. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound midfielder/striker joined Fénix on March 15, 2012, and played parts of two seasons with the club from Montevideo, Uruguay. During that time, Mezquida was loaned to Uruguay’s second tier side Rampla Juniors Fútbal Club, where he scored seven goals in 24 appearances.
The native of Paysandú, Uruguay, began his career with the Club Atlético Peñarol youth academy in 2006 before earning a first team contract in 2008. During his time with Peñarol, Mezquida had two loan spells in 2011 with Norwegian clubs SK Brann and Lillestrøm SK.
At the international level, Mezquida made three appearances in the 2009 U-17 World Cup, recording one goal for Uruguay’s U-17 national team.