Claudio Reyna represented the United States National Team in four World Cups.
New York, NY (Sports Network) -
After being introduced as Major League Soccer's 20th franchise, New York City Football Club made its first personnel decision on Wednesday, hiring former United States international Claudio Reyna as director of football.
Reyna will be responsible for building the soccer elements of the NYCFC organization, including the recruitment of players, coaches and trainers, and other support staff.
In announcing the appointment of Reyna, Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano noted Reyna's significant contributions to soccer in the U.S., both as a player and as the Youth Technical Director of the US Soccer Federation.
NYCFC revelation bucks the status quo for MLS
By Chris Ravita, Soccer Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Major League Soccer continues to grow, and the activity in the Pacific Northwest can be viewed as a microcosm for the recent success in America's top flight.
Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Portland Timbers all have come into the league since 2009 and become model franchises. Consistent sellouts have led to each club receiving as much publicity surrounding the atmosphere at their respective home stadiums as they garner for their play on the pitch.
A large part of what helped these clubs become instantaneous hits in MLS was the history they each brought into the league. The Sounders, Whitecaps and Timbers were woven into the fabric of North American soccer through their stints in the North American Soccer League in the 1970s and '80s, and they each had a vested interest from nostalgic fans that dates back several decades.