New York City FC and head coach Domènec Torrent mutually agreed to part ways Friday.
NYCFC finished first in the Eastern Conference in 2019, the club’s first full season under Torrent. The campaign ended in disappointing fashion without a MLS Cup playoff victory. NYCFC suffered a home loss to Toronto FC in the Eastern Conference semifinals. With Yankee Stadium was unavailable due to the New York Yankees’ Major League Baseball postseason run, the game was played at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.
Speculation of Torrent’s impending departure cropped up in the immediate aftermath of the Toronto loss. In his postgame comments, the head coach expressed uncertainty over his future with the team. He had previously vented frustrations regarding impediments toward roster building and broader issues with Major League Soccer.
ESPN reported earlier this week Torrent would be notifying NYCFC of his plans to leave “within the coming days.
The club also announced the departures of assistant coaches Albert Puig and Jordi Gris, director of performance Francesc Cos and head of performance Ismael Camenforte.
“While I’ve greatly enjoyed coaching NYCFC and the incredible life experience of living in New York, in mutual discussion with the Club, I feel this is the right time for myself and my family to look for other opportunities as I develop my career as a head coach,” Torrent said in a prepared statement.
“I’d like to thank NYCFC for giving me this opportunity. I’ve learned a lot during my time at the club after working with a fantastic sporting department and a great group of coaches. I’d specifically like to thank the NYCFC players, staff and fans. The Club has a fantastic group of talented and hard-working players and I have no doubt they will continue to be successful for many years to come. To the fans, thank you for always supporting the team and making me feel so welcome in New York since day one. I wish everyone good luck and a lot of success.”
Torrent replaced Patrick Vieira as NYCFC head coach in June 2018 and led the team to a third-place finish in the Eastern Conference. By topping the East in 2019, NYCFC clinched a berth in next year’s Concacaf Champions League.
Torrent’s record across all competitions with NYCFC was 29-17-14.