With new head coach Doménec Torrent now in place, New York City FC (NYCFC) have rounded out its coaching staff with four additions.
Albert Puig and Jordi Gris have been named Assistant Coaches, and Francesc Cos and Ismael Caenforte have been named Director of Performance and Head of Performance, respectively. The four will form part of Torrent’s staff, which also includes Assistant Coach Javier Perez and Goalkeeping Coach Rob Vartughian.
Puig will head east from California where the former FC Barcelona Youth Technical Director has been serving as De Anza Force Soccer Club’s Technical Director since joining the Bay Area outfit in the summer of 2016. Prior to moving stateside, Puig was the Academy Director at the Catalan Club from 2010-2014, working with players of all ages throughout the La Masia ranks.
“I feel like it will be a terrific experience because we are going with Doménec,” Puig said. “He is a terrific coach, and we have shared many experiences throughout our time at Barcelona.
Gris joins NYCFC after a stint as Assistant Coach and Director of Youth Football at Chennai City FC in India. Prior to focusing on youth development in the I-League, the former player was a scout at FC Barcelona for the U-12 through U-23 teams and later went on to become a member of Pep Guardiola’s coaching staff at Barcelona B and Manchester City.
“I think for New York City the arrival for Dome is very important and the idea will be the same,” said Gris. “I think Dome will change some things and I think we will improve on this idea to work stronger and to arrive for the MLS Playoffs in good condition.”
Cos, another former FC Barcelona man who headed up strength and conditioning from 2004 to 2016. He brings with him a Ph.D., a Degree in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, and a Master’s degree in High Sport Performance from the University of Barcelona where he has been working as a professor since 1993.
“To come to New York is a dream,” Cos said. “This Club is a project that is quickly growing. And to participate in this growth in such a marvelous city and country is an honor. Coming from a city like Barcelona, which is so beautiful, to New York is a great privilege.”
Rounding out the sporting additions is Ismael Camenforte who comes to New York by way of FC Barcelona B – having served as the Head Physical Trainer for the past six years. He comes in having worked with Doménec and the other additions amongst the Barcelona ranks.
“My first goal is to adapt,” Camenforte said. “I would like to see what the Club has been doing well because I know that they have been doing a lot of great things and that they are a great team. My goal is to win all the titles possible in NYC because I think that it’s a team that deserves it.
All four coaches will begin work at the Etihad City Football Academy New York upon the receipt of work permits.