New York City FC – MLS Team Preview 2019

New York City FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

New York City FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

As the 20th team in the MLS; NYC FC joined the highest American soccer league in 2015. In the 3 years of competing in MLS, NYC was always seen finishing at the top of the Eastern Conference. In their first 2 years, NYC finished 2nd, while last season we saw them at the 3rd place. Despite their good performances, New York City has not yet won a silverware. In all of the 3 seasons, they were knocked out in the 4th round of the U.S. Open Cup. As for the MLS Cup, NY City have never advanced past the Conference Semi-finals.

 

Head Coach: Domènec Torrent

Hoping to reach for better results, NYC FC hired a new coach, Domènec Torrent who has a lot of experience behind him. After managing the Spanish side Girona, he was an assistant at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Domènec Torrent also spent the past 11 seasons working with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and will now after 12 long years get to manage a club as the head coach. In his career as a coach and an assistant Domènec Torrent achieved many titles and honours; Tercera Division title, 3x LaLiga, 2x Copa del Rey, 3x Supercopa, 2x Champions League, 3x UEFA Super Cup, 3x Club World Cup, 3x Bundesliga, 2x DFB Cup, 1x Premier League and 1x EFL Cup.

 

Transfers

ModeNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
January 26, 2019 Juan Pablo Torres LokerenNew York CityTransfer
January 22, 2019 Ebenezer Ofori VfB StuttgartNew York CityLoan
December 12, 2018 Tony RochaOrlando CityNew York CityTrade
January 19, 2019 Keaton Parks BenficaNew York CityLoan
February 4, 2019 Alexandru Mitriță Universitatea CraiovaNew York CityTransfer
January 28, 2019 Luis Barraza Marquette Golden EaglesNew York CitySuperDraft
January 24, 2019 Justin Haak New York City FC AcademyNew York CityHomegrown player
January 29, 2019 Kwame AwuahNew York City Forge FCFree
December 14, 2018 Andre RawlsNew York CityColorado RapidsRe-Entry Draft
December 20, 2018 Tommy McNamaraNew York CityHouston DynamoRe-Entry Draft
December 1, 2018 David VillaNew York City Vissel KobeFree
February 1, 2019 Eloi AmagatNew York City OlotFree
December 14, 2018 Rodney WallaceNew York CitySporting Kansas CityFree

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

Following the steps of Andrea Pirlo and Frank Lampard, David Villa as well left the NYFC to chase other goals in Japan. So, now the question comes up; Where will New York City FC finish without David Villa? As the best striker in the team with 23,24 and 15 goals in the league matches throughout the 3 seasons, he was not only the top scorer and the driving force behind the team good results but also a big part of NYFC personality. Him leaving the team seems like a huge loss, but NYCFC have been preparing for this day. With a lot of emphasis on younger players, NYFC brought in Keaton Parks, Juan Pablo Torres as well as the “homegrown” Justin Haak, in their squad in hopes to build a strong team.  In an interview, the sporting director Claudio Reyna stated that NYFC could bring in an older star player, however, he believes bringing in young talent is better for the team in the long run. Still, the question remains, who will replace Villa’s 77 goals? While there is no “real” striker among the NYFC team it’s expected the scoring load to be more evenly distributed among players. All in all, NYCFC does have the talent, now it all depends on how they use it. If they can find a striker to step up and score goals, we just might be looking at a team that will have a great chance to get their first trophy.