Reign FC’s replacement for departed head coach and current U.S. women’s national team manager Vlatko Andonovski comes from overseas.
On Friday, the club announced Farid Benstiti, who previously coached Paris Saint-Germain from 2012-2016, as its new manager.
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“We are excited to welcome Farid to the Reign FC family,” Reign FC CEO Bill Predmore said in a club release. “Our goal was to find a world-class coach that has a proven ability to deliver titles at the top levels of the game. We also sought a leader who would both appreciate and enhance the unique culture we developed over the past seven years.”
“I selected Farid because I believe he embodies our values, shares our ambitions, and has demonstrated he is capable of leading our team to its ultimate objective of a NWSL Championship,” Predmore said.
Reign FC announced that 38 candidates were included in its initial managerial pool and 20 of them were interviewed.
After spending time with PSG, Benstiti managed Chinese club Dalian Quanjanin, where he was from 2017-19, before coming to Seattle.
“The NWSL is a new challenge that will certainly be more intense and more difficult because of the stiffer competition,” Benstiti said. “Everybody can beat everybody. Every match will be a fight. That’s why this will be different, especially compared to managing in France. Claiming that our expectation is to win the championship would be pretentious for my first year. I want my players to train hard and to play hard for every minute of every game. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves.”