Vieira Officially Welcomed As New NYCFC Head Coach


With the 2016 Major League Soccer season on the horizon, New York City FC officially introduced the team’s new head coach, Patrick Vieira.

During a press conference at Yankee Stadium, Vieira said he was eager to get started, noting that his new team has “a really exciting season ahead of us.”

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The new head coach, who joined NYCFC from the team’s parent club Manchester City, said that he would look to the club’s Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna, for advice and support as he navigates his first MLS season.

“I am not going to have anyone better then Claudio to help me and support during the season. I have been learning about the league,” he said. “I spent time at the draft talking to coaches. I know what to expect and I will be ready for the beginning of the season.”

Following the NYCFC’s inaugural season in which it failed to make the playoffs, the team fired head coach Jason Kreis and in November hired Vieira. Before joining the MLS side, Vieira served as the head coach of Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, a position he took upon retirement from competitive play.

Below, Patrick Vieira’s press conference: