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NEW YORK (AP) - A day after New York City FC was born, Claudio Reyna became the team’s first employee.
The former U.S. national team captain was hired Wednesday as NYCFC’s director of football and tasked with the job of putting together an on-field staff and roster for Major League Soccer’s 2015 season.
“Successful teams seem to have a consistent hunger within the team,” Reyna said.
Known as Captain America when he led the U.S. at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, Reyna also played for Manchester City from 2003-06. He had been youth technical director of the U.S. Soccer Federation the past three years.
Reyna said NYCFC intends to use all three available spots for high-priced designated players, whose salaries only count partially against the salary cap. The 39-year-old Reyna grew up in New Jersey and lives in suburban New York, so he knows the importance of creating a buzz in a market that already has nine major professional teams. And there’s a chance New York could wind up serving in part as a farm team for the Premier League parent.
“I think it’s very important that the player who comes over is committed from Day 1,” he said. “I’m sure a lot of people will be reaching out, expressing interest, being that it’s in New York City and who we’re connected with. And at the same time. I will look into the vast talent that’s at Manchester City.”
“He led from the front,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said.
Reyna ended his career in 2007-08 with the perennially unsuccessful New York Red Bulls, so he knows what the league is like. He accepts patience is necessary in MLS, that coaches be “given the time to figure things out.”
The influence of the owners was evident at a news conference attended by Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner, Manchester City Chief Executive Officer Ferran Soriano, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The new team’s name was printed in sky blue _ City’s color. A mike flag from the Yankees‘ YES Network was used.
The news conference was held at Public School 72 in East Harlem, where Manchester City funded a small artificial turf field on the roof. City, owned by a company of Abu Dhabi’s Sheik Mansour bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is controlling owner of NYCFC. The Yankees are a minority partner.
Yankees President Randy Levine will lead the process of deciding where the team wants to construct a stadium. While MLS negotiated with the Bloomberg administration about building in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NYCFC seems intent on widening the search.
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