Javier Perez and Christian Lattanzio have been named assistant coaches to Vieira, Kristian Wilson has been named performance coach and Matthew Cook has been named physical performance coach. The four will form part of Vieira’s team alongside Goalkeeping Coach Robert Vartughian. They will take up their roles on January 1 pending the acquisition of visas.
Perez joins NYCFC after a stint as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. Lattanzio, Wilson and Cook all join from Manchester City, where they worked with Vieira for the club’s Elite Development Squad.
“I am delighted that Javier, Christian, Kristian and Matt have agreed to join the team,” NYCFC’s new head coach said. “They are high caliber coaches who understand my approach and philosophy and will make a significant contribution to this club. It was important for me to work with people I know and trust, but also, in Javier, to bring in someone alongside Rob Vartughian who has an excellent understanding of US Soccer and MLS.”
Perez has previously spent six years with Spanish club Real Madrid at the club’s development center. He was also director of coaching at New York Soccer Club.
Perez’s experience with U.S. Soccer saw him work with former U.S. Youth Technical Director — and current New York City FC Sporting Director — Reyna, to develop the U.S. Soccer coaching curriculum, which is designed to improve development of players in the United States. He has also worked with U.S. Men’s National Team Head Coach Jurgen Klinsmann as a member of staff and has lived in New York for the last six years.
Lattanzio spent six years at Manchester City, as technical co-ordinator for the Elite Development Squad, integrating the tactical, technical and mental elements into the squad’s training programs. Before that Lattanzio worked alongside some of football’s most decorated managers, including Fabio Capello during his spell with the England national team.
Wilson joins up with New York City FC after sharing success with Vieira as Manchester City’s EDS performance coach, working on specific training with the players since June 2013. The 34-year old’s first job in club football came at Sheffield Wednesday before joining the academy coaching set up at Sheffield United.
Rounding out the sporting department additions is Cook, who spent the last four and a half years working with Vieira as head of sports strength and conditioning at Manchester City. Cook previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Great Britain’s Olympic cycling, swimming, and squash teams and grew up playing academy football for West Ham United.