Reyna Leaves NYCFC Seeking New Challenges

Claudio Reyna

The post-season of change continues for New York City FC as Sporting Director Claudio Reyna is leaving the club to join expansion side Austin FC.

David Lee, NYCFC’s Technical Director, has been promoted to fill the position vacated by Reyna. 

“After five seasons as Sporting Director for New York City FC, I’ve decided to accept the exciting opportunity to once again be part of an expansion club,” he said. “This has been an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. NYCFC is such a special place and being Sporting Director of this great club has been one of the most enjoyable and proud moments in my career.

The departure of Reyna comes nearly three weeks after head coach Doménec Torrent left the team after a season-and-a-half on the NYCFC sideline. The team has yet to name a replacement.

Reyna joined NYCFC in 2013 as the club’s first employee. Under his leadership, the team qualified for the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. In 2019, the team won its first regular-season Eastern Conference title and qualified for Concacaf Champions League for the first time in team history.

Away from the senior team, New York City has also seen success at the Academy level. Its youth teams have won three major trophies; the 2017 U-17 Generation adidas Cup and the 2018 & 2019 U-19 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) National Championships. NYCFC was the first Club to have its Academy’s U-19 team win back-to-back USSDA Championships. 

Lee has worked in partnership with Reyna and has been with the Club since 2014 where he began as Director of Player Recruitment. He was promoted to Technical Director in 2017 where he was instrumental in recruiting current key members of the roster.

“I’ve worked alongside Claudio since the Club’s inception, and am proud of what we’ve built together,” Lee said. “Having been in Major League Soccer since 2011, I am eager to continue leading this exceptional squad and Sporting Department. We have the strongest roster of players we’ve ever had and I am extremely confident about the short and long-term future of the first team and Academy.”