New York City FC’s new coach has landed.
Domènec Torrent arrived in New York on Friday night after completing the visa process earlier in the day – he was hired to replace Patrick Vieira on June 11.
The Catalan led the team’s training session on Saturday and will be NYCFC’s head coach for Sunday’s match against Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.
Torrent has added four assistants from overseas including two fitness coaches from FC Barcelona. The quartet’s arrival is uncertain as they work through the visa process.
The former lieutenant for Pep Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munch and Manchester City has retained assistant coaches Javier Perez and Rob Vartughian and they will join Torrent in the technical area for his Major League Soccer debut against the defending MLS Champions.
“Though I have enjoyed a wonderful 11 years working alongside my colleague and close friend Pep Guardiola – it has always been my ambition to manage a team again and I really couldn’t have hoped for a better opportunity than at this football club,” Torrent said in a club statement on June 11. “I know we have a very talented team, I have watched many of the matches and I enjoy the way the team plays and I now can’t wait to begin working with the players on the training pitch.”
Torrent won 24 trophies beside Guardiola and was the first team manager at NYCFC sister club Girona in the second division of Spain for a single season (2005-06). He also managed third division side Palamós (2003-04).
Torrent reportedly signed a three-year deal through the 2020 MLS season.