New York City FC is still more than a year away from playing their first Major League Soccer match in March of 2015. The club is in a very unique position right now since they are a totally new franchise. Unlike fellow 2015 MLS entrant Orlando City SC, NYC FC does not currently have a team playing in the lower divisions of American Soccer. This gives Director of Football Operations Claudio Reyna an amazing opportunity which he needs to take advantage of by hiring their first manager sooner rather than later.
By finding their man early, say during this MLS offseason, Reyna and the new manager will be able to discuss the direction that the club wants to go in tactically which could increase the chances of a successful first season. With a tactical plan in place, the club can scout more effectively knowing exactly what they are looking for to fit in their system.
A successful first season will be key for NYC FC as well since they will be relying on the fan bases of their ownership clubs Manchester City of the English Premier League and the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball to accept this team as their own. Factor in that it appears the team will play at least their first season at Yankee Stadium while construction of their soccer-specific stadium is occurring and the team’s need for early success is heightened.
There is no doubt that the club can be successful early with the backing of City and the Yankees, but they should take advantage of this great opportunity while it is still there.