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Learning more about New York City FC, about DPs and training grounds

Jan 11, 2014, 7:44 PM EDT

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When Jason Kreis first began kicking the tires on the enticing opportunity before him at New York City FC, one of the cautions we issued at ProSoccerTalk was that so much remained unknown about the organizational structure, everything from hierarchy to where the training ground would be.

Well, now some of that is becoming clearer.

A report today at Big Apple Soccer says the club is about to name its training site, which will be in nearby Westchester, according to the report.

Don’t underestimate this stuff. When discussing facilities everyone focusses on stadiums … and they should. It’s the public “face” of the club, after all. But in terms of attracting top talent, the day-to-day digs are very important, too. Kreis and director of football Claudio Reyna clearly get it. What Reyna said about the training site developments:

That’s important when you talk to coaches and players. That’s your home, that’s where you spend all your time and that training facility is critical, as critical as a stadium. We have a couple of options that we are exploring. But definitely we need to be in a year from now a training facility. We’re excited about that. We hope to have an announcement before the end of the month.”

Also from develops this week on MLS No. 20: Kreis said during a Friday press availability that New York City FC will not be cheap about Designated Players, ensuring that the club would sign three (the maximum allotment.)

  1. hildezero - Jan 11, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    It’s better for them to have a state-of-the-art training ground than a state-of-the-art stadium. Because like how this story says, it attracts the players attention and talent.

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