New York City FC announced two additions to its technical staff on Tuesday, with former physical training coach Oscar Pitillas joining from Atlético Madrid and youth technical coordinator Rodrigo Marion joining from US Soccer.
Pitillas had worked for Atlético Madrid since 2003 as physical trainer and readaptation coach, working under such high-profile managers as Javier Aguirre and Diego Simeone and with a cast of players that included New York City FC Designated Player David Villa.
"It’s great to be able to join New York City with David Villa from Atlético Madrid and have the opportunity to implement a training and fitness regime to make our players as fit and strong as possible.” Pitillas said in a club statement. “It’s imperative for an expansion club such as ours to be fully fit heading into the beginning of our inaugural season. Preseason will be a very important time as we bring our roster together for the first time. Our entire squad will need to be fit, competitive in training and prepared to contribute to the team."
Marion most recently served as US Soccer's technical advisor for New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and has also worked as a scout in the Northeast.
“I’m honored to oversee the development of New York City's youth structure,” Marion said in the club statement. “The region is a hotbed for up-and-coming talent in American soccer. It’s going to be important to produce a playing style and philosophy across the abundance of talent that we’re lucky to have here in New York. Young people here are passionate about playing soccer, and I’m excited at the prospect of producing local players that could one day represent NYCFC and their great city."
The new appointments join the staff of sporting director Claudio Reyna and head coach Jason Kreis, a staff which includes assisant coaches Miles Joseph and C.J. Brown and director of player recruitment David Lee.
"In Rodrigo and Oscar, we have innovative individuals who will work strategically with Jason, myself and our entire operation to ensure that we become a strong unit," Reyna said in the statement. "We’re proud to have brought in such expertise, and I know we’re building a fantastic team of professionals here. Time has been on our side for us to be selective and approach the right people to join our backroom staff to nurture, develop and encourage the players, both in the first team and throughout our youth structure.
"We’re excited for the season to begin now, but we’re also in this for the long game. The new hires will further enhance the foundations of the club and will allow the squad to compete positively in MLS.”