New York City F.C.’s First Signing Should Be Fernando Torres
With the founding of the 20th club in Major League Soccer, New York F.C. has already taken major steps to fill up important positions within the organization. The teams first big move came when they announced that former Real Salt Lake boss, Jason Kreis, will be the clubs first ever coach. For a brand new team, this could not have been a smart move for them. Kreis brings years of both playing and coaching experience to the table and will look to make NYCFC immediate MLS Cup contenders.
As the NYFC management starts to compile their players for their first team squad, one name should be on the minds of everyone – Fernando Torres. This may seem like a weird and random player to bring in to an expanding MLS club, but if you really look at the situation, he is a perfect fit.
Torres is currently a member of Chelsea F.C. in the English Premier League and has seen limited playing time so far this season. During his 13 appearances during the 2013-14 EPL season, Torres has only scored two goals and added two assists. Since 2010, Torres’ form has been in question and his lack of consistency has haunted him for many years.
So why would a club like NYFC want to sign a struggling striker like Fernando Torres? The honest answer is that Torres needs a change of scenery and a move to New York would be just the thing to spark his career back to life. He has not been the face of a club since his days at Liverpool F.C. Since his move to Chelsea, his form has taken a tremendous downward fall (something that no soccer fan would think ever happen to a player of Torres’ ability.) If he were willing to make the jump over to the MLS, he would be given a chance to make history for a new club and have the opportunity to give himself a new name.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber has stressed multiple times that he wants to have more players from Europe make the transition to the US. A player like Torres would be able to flourish in a new environment and use this opportunity as a springboard back into the main light of soccer.
The chance of NYFC even thinking about bringing in Torres is crazy, I know, but they would forever establish themselves as the Manchester City F.C. of major league soccer in terms of heaving spending. As an added thought, because of how poor Torres has played recently, NYFC could potentially acquire the Spain international player at a fairly low price.
Time will only tell what will happen to both NYFC and Fernando Torres in the next two seasons, but this is one move that could forever change the face of Major League Soccer.