New York City FC has announced that their Sporting Director, Claudio Reyna, has accepted the same position with expansion side, Austin FC.
David Lee will be promoted from his role as Technical Director to the club’s new Sporting Director.
This story of Reyna’s move to Austin was first reported on Wednesday by The Athletic.
“I’d like to thank everyone here at the club,” Reyna said in the club’s release. ““We’ve accomplished incredible things as a Club both on and off the field. Not only have we created an exceptionally talented First Team that has improved every season, we’ve developed our Academy into one of the most talented and competitive in the country.”
Lee left the New York Red Bulls where he was a Performance Analyst to join the expansion NYCFC in 2014 as the Director of Player Recruitment. He was promoted to Technical Director in 2017.
Lee has always worked closely with Reyna.
‘’I couldn’t be happier for David Lee to take over the position,” Reyna said. “David and I have worked hand in hand over the last six years and he is without doubt one of the most talented and well-respected executives in the league.”
Lee’s career is flush with experience in the evaluation of players. He was Head of Performance Analysis for Exeter City Football Club of England’s third division from 2009-11. He also worked as a Performance Analyst at the Hartpury Football Academy from in 2008-09. Lee earned a Master’s Degree in Performance Analysis from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Technology from Staffordshire University.
“I’ve worked alongside Claudio since the Club’s inception and am proud of what we’ve built together,” Lee said in the club’s release. “Having been in Major League Soccer since 2011, I am eager to continue leading this exceptional squad and Sporting Department. We have the strongest roster of players we’ve ever had and I am extremely confident about the short and long-term future of the first team and Academy.”
Reyna was introduced to the Austin FC media during a media conference call on Thursday morning and plans to hit the ground running for a club that will debut in the 2021 season.
“There is a chance we may sign some players in the summer,” Reyna said. “It’s important to sit down with [head coach] Josh Wolff at first and he’ll have a big influence in the decisions we will make together.”
It is unclear whether New York City will hire a technical director to replace Lee.