Domenec Torrent is
leaving New York City FC after 17 months.
The Spaniard took over for Patrick Vieira
as head coach midway through the 2018 MLS season and led NYCFC to first place in the Eastern
Conference in the 2019 regular season.
NYCFC was upset by Toronto FC, 2-1, in the Eastern Conference semifinals, and Torrent's remarks after the game suggested he might have coached his
last game at the club.
Torrent often expressed dissatisfaction with the situation at NYCFC. Before the playoffs, he told Spanish-language podcast Se llama Soccer
that Brazilian Heber
was NYCFC's ninth option to replace star
and it took 50 players to sign Heber, who ended up having a good season (15 goals in 23 MLS games).
In 2016, Torrent joined parent organization City Football Group,
where he was part of Pep Guardiola
’s staff at Manchester City.
Also departing NYCFC are assistant coaches Albert Puig
and Jordi Gris
, director of performance
and head of performance Ismael Camenforte
"While I’ve greatly enjoyed coaching NYCFC and the incredible life experience of living in New York," Torrent
said, "in mutual discussion with the club, I feel this is the right time for myself and my family to look for other opportunities as I develop my career as a head coach. I’d like to thank NYCFC
for giving me this opportunity. I’ve learned a lot during my time at the club after working with a fantastic sporting department and a great group of coaches."