New York City FC have been comparatively quiet on the player signing front compared to fellow soon-to-be MLS team Orlando City, who already have five players on the roster for both teams' debut 2015 season, but that may soon change.
NYCFC director of soccer operations Claudio Reyna outlined during a Q&A with fans on Thursday evening at a pub in Manhattan the various strategies the club would be using to build its roster, additionally revealing that the team could expect its first signings sooner rather than later:
.@CReynaNYCFC: "We hope to have some signings this summer. No shortage of interest in players wanting to play in this city."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 2, 2014
Many of Reyna's other roster-related answers came as little surprise to those familiar with his team's affiliation with high-spending English outfit Manchester City FC. For example, there was head coach Jason Kreis' interest in several MCFC youngsters that NYCFC could potentially take on loan, and Reyna's assertion that the club would use all three available Designated Player spots as it looked to build a team:
.@CReynaNYCFC: "We are using our global scouting network to find people that play the way we want to play. We plan on using all 3 DP slots."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 2, 2014
However, Reyna also assured fans that despite its global reach in building a roster, the team would not neglect its own community when searching for talent:
.@CReynaNYCFC: "We'd love to have American players in our team. It's important that we eventually have New York City players in our team."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 2, 2014
Regardless of where the talent comes from, though, Reyna and Kreis have already established a clear vision of how they want to start building their roster:
.@CReynaNYCFC: "Right now we are focused on GK, 2 CBs, and a CM. Then we move ahead and plug players in all the way up to the FWDs."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 2, 2014
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Also present at the Q&A was NYCFC chief business officer Tim Pernetti, who addressed a variety of topics on the business end of things, most notably the logic behind the team's plan to play at Yankee Stadium:
.@Tim_Pernetti: "Beauty of Yankee Stadium is its access. This is a NYC club, but we want to open it up to everyone in the region."— New York City FC (@NYCFC) May 2, 2014
For a deeper look at the Q&A with Reyna, Pernetti and, NYCFC and Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano, including a update on the team's inaugural jersey, check out the team's Twitter feed.