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May 22, 2013

Claudio Reyna to direct NYC FC

We will compete for the championship from day one. That's the promise being made by the boss of Major League Soccer's newest team.

Manchester City named former U.S. national team player and City captain Claudio Reyna as the new director of football at New York City FC.

City, in partnership with baseball giants the New York Yankees, announced on Tuesday they had bought a franchise to compete in Major League Soccer from 2015.

The club have wasted little time in beginning work building the new entity by bringing in Reyna, who had a spell with City as a player between 2003 and 2007, and also had stints at Rangers and Sunderland.

Reyna was unveiled as New York City's first employee at a press event to formally announce the club's launch at the Lexington Academy in Manhattan.

City chief executive Ferran Soriano said: "Finding the right person for this role and getting him in place from the start was a priority.

"The football culture of New York City FC will be built from this decision, and we believe Claudio is the man who uniquely understands what New York soccer should mean, and how it can benefit from the relationship with Manchester City FC."

Reyna was youth technical director of the U.S. Soccer Federation for the past two years. He was captain of the U.S. team at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

He grew up in New Jersey and lives in suburban New York.

Information from The Associated Press and Press Association was used in this report.

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