Claudio Reyna named Director of Football Operations for New York City FC

(Image, Empire of Soccer)

(Image, Empire of Soccer)

When Manchester City began the process of searching for a Director of Football Operations for New York City F.C., they pointed to three ideal, if not impossible, attributes they would like to see; a person with local roots, a foundation in U.S. Soccer and perhaps some history with their club as well.

That, in a nutshell, describes Claudio Reyna, who was presented to the media on Wednesday as the club’s first front office hire.

“Finding the right person for this role and getting him in place from the start was a priority,” said Manchester City CEO Ferran 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,” Reyna said. “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.”

The New Jersey native made 87 appearances at Manchester City from 2003-2007. US Soccer officially announced his departure as Youth Soccer Technical Director just as Reyna revealed his role with Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise.

“During his time U.S. Soccer’s Youth Technical Director, Claudio helped modernize the approach to youth player development in this country and put us on a path to success,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “We appreciate all his hard work and dedication. We certainly understand this is a unique opportunity for Claudio and his family, and wish him continued success.”