Domenec Torrent time with NYCFC. At this weekend’s MLS Cup in Los Angeles, many well-known players from Major League Soccer will be present, including one manager who hasn’t managed in the league in a while. Three years have passed since Domenec Torrent’s one-and-a-half-year stint as manager of NYCFC came to an end, and during that time, he has also served as manager of Flamengo of Brazil and Galatasaray of Turkey. Both were short-lived positions, but valuable coaching experiences that prepared a coach for NYCFC’s eventual MLS Cup run under Ronny Deila in 2023.
Torrent is in Los Angeles this week to catch up with familiar league faces, but if it were up to him, he would stay in the US for a very long time. Torrent is currently unemployed, but if the option to rejoin MLS ever presented itself, he would seize it with both hands. Under Torrent, NYCFC qualified for the playoffs in each of the two seasons but ultimately lost to Atlanta United in 2018 and Toronto FC in 2019. Torrent and the team eventually parted ways with one year remaining on his contract.
According to sources at the time, Torrent was upset by the league’s complexity, which included travel and roster requirements. Although it took some getting used to, Torrent now claims he fell in love with life in Major League Soccer. Torrent had grown impatient with various parts of life at NYCFC at the time, particularly the club’s stadium predicament. Since NYCFC has recently been required to play playoff games away from their home site, Yankee Stadium, this problem still exists.
Given the club’s recent success, Torrent still recalls his time at NYCFC with great affection. He claims he was happy to see them win the MLS Cup and that numerous of the players he worked with went on to have successful careers. He claims that Torrent is not simply concerned with the US. He claims he is evaluating offers in Europe and is open to going back.
He won’t, however, enter another position that is doomed to fail. He basically carried out that in his previous two stops. His next position after leaving NYCFC was with Flamengo in Brazil, a nation renowned for having a high coach turnover rate. The torrent ran from July to November 2020. The team has had four additional coaches in the past two years. Galatasaray was his next stop, however he only managed 20 games there before being fired at the end of the season.
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