Pro Soccer USA can confirm through Norwegian sources that Efrain Juarez, who had connections with New York City FC coach Ronny Deila at Celtic FC and Vålerenga, will be added to Deila’s staff as an assistant coach.
The Norwegian publications, VG and Aftenposten, were the first to report that the 31-year old Juarez was moving to the Bronx.
According to Aftenposten, Deila and Juarez met by chance at a mall in Cancun, Mexico while Deila was vacationing with his family. Juarez recognized the former Celtic FC coach and introduced himself.
Juarez played for Celtic FC from 2010-12 and two years later, Deila took over the Hoops from Neil Lennon.
Juarez competed for seven clubs over a 12-year career that included stops at Pumas, Club America, Monterrey, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Vålerenga under Deila who signed Juarez after learning that the defender with 39 caps for Mexico desired a new experience – and Vålerenga needed a right back.
The 31-year old, who was a fullback on Mexico’s 2009 Concacaf Gold Cup championship team, will assume the role of second assistant after the club announced on Friday that Nick Cushing would be Deila’s lieutenant.
“With so many Spanish-speaking players in the stable, it is an advantage with someone in the coaching team who speaks Spanish,” Deila told VG. “That’s one of the reasons I’m bringing Juárez with me. Also, because he is a good person and a good footballer.”
While not confirming the appointment of Juarez, the club indicated that the full coaching staff will be announced soon.