5/22/2013 10:47 A.M. ET
New York City Football Club names Claudio Reyna Director of Football
Former Manchester City F C and US National Team Captain to build team organization; New York City FC to begin MLS play in 2015 as the league's 20th team
By / MLB.com
New York City Football Club (New York City FC) has named Claudio Reyna as the club's Director of Football and its first employee. Reyna will be responsible for building the soccer elements of the New York City FC organization, including the recruitment of players, coaches and trainers, and other support staff, in preparation for the team's inaugural MLS season in 2015.
The announcement took place at PS 72 (Lexington Academy) in East Harlem, which boasts New York City's only rooftop soccer field and was donated by Manchester City Football Club in 2010. This facility provides quality soccer instruction and programming to thousands of children in 20 NYC public schools each year.
New York City FC, the Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team was unveiled yesterday as part of a partnership of global sports powers -- Manchester City FC and the New York Yankees. The Club will become MLS's 20th team. In announcing the appointment of Reyna, Ferran Soriano, CEO of Manchester City, noted Reyna's significant contributions to soccer in the US - both as a player and as the Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation.
"Finding the right person for this role and getting him in place from the start was a priority," said Soriano. "The football culture of New York City FC will be built from this decision, and we believe Claudio is the man who uniquely understands what New York soccer should mean, and how it can benefit from the relationship with Manchester City FC."
"Having had the privilege of playing both for my country here in the US and for Manchester City FC in England, I could not have hoped for a more tailored-made opportunity in soccer," said Reyna. "I am incredibly excited to again wear City's 'Sky Blue' as part of the expansion of the MLS and the growth of soccer in the United States, and am honored to have been offered this opportunity. With a large fan base through the New York area, prime television rights and distribution, sponsorship commitments, and the Yankees as a US partner, the New York City Football Club has everything in place to succeed."
New York City FC will be an independent club that mirrors and benefits from its relationship with Manchester City Football Club, allowing both organizations to collaborate on community programs and other team aspects, such as global youth development and scouting, coaching, sports science and first team football operations. In that regard, Reyna will work closely with Manchester City's Brian Marwood, Managing Director of City Football Academy, Txiki Begiristain, Director of Football, and World Cup Winner Patrick Vieira, Head of Elite Development Squad, as the New York City FC organisation takes shape, and operating philosophy takes hold.
Reyna had an illustrious professional career having played in Europe and the US for more than 12 years, including at Manchester City FC from 2003-2007. He represented the United States National team in four World Cups from 1994 through 2006 and was team Captain in 2002 and 2006. He is also a two-time Olympian. Since 2010 Reyna has served as the US Soccer Federation's Youth Technical Director.
New York City Football Club was recently announced as Major League Soccer's 20th team, and will begin league play in 2015. NYCFC is owned by a joint partnership with English Premier League Manchester City Football Club and the New York Yankees.
About Manchester City Football Club
Since new ownership took over five years ago, Manchester City has gained its place as one of England's most successful football clubs and one of the fastest growing clubs in the world, on and off the field. Last spring, Manchester City won the 2012 Barclay's Premier League Championship. This year it finished second in the League and was the FA Cup runner up. Manchester City FC is wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi United Group. New York Yankees
Established in 1903, the New York Yankees are Major League Baseball's most storied franchise with 27 World Championships and 40 American League pennants.
"City Soccer in the Community": NYC FC's Commitment to Youth Soccer in NYC
Manchester City is a leader among sports organizations in its charitable efforts, with one-sixth of its staff fully dedicated full-time to community outreach. Building on this tradition of community outreach, New York City FC will expand and enhance the grassroots youth soccer program "City Soccer in the Community," which it has been running in New York since 2010. The program, now headquartered at PS 72 (Lexington Academy) in East Harlem, which boasts New York City's only rooftop soccer field, provides quality soccer instruction and programming to thousands of children in 20 NYC public schools each year. New York City FC looks forward to expanding its community outreach to bring soccer to thousands of more kids throughout the five boroughs.
Manchester City has funded the construction of soccer facilities for youth in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington D.C. For more on City Soccer, click here. In addition, the "City in the Community," foundation focuses on similar initiatives worldwide.
About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer is the top-flight professional soccer league in the United States and Canada. MLS features many stars from the U.S., Canada, and around the world.
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