NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira (left) most likely has spoken to sporting director Claudio Reyna about possible additions to the club. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)
By Michael Lewis
PURCHASE, N.Y. — New York City FC hopes to bring in as many three new players into the fold before the Major League Soccer summer transfer window closes Wednesday, Aug. 9.
After lamenting the lack of depth the team had in Sunday’s 4-0 loss at Toronto FC, Head coach Patrick Vieira said Thursday that it was important for NYCFC to add some fresh legs.
“That just showed that we don’t have the depth allowed to miss a few players,” he said after training at SUNY-Purchase. “That’s why this window is really important for us and I hope that we’re going to bring about two to three new faces on our team. That will be really important for us if we want to compete better than what we did in the last few months.”
As for the names, background of position of the players, that’s an entirely different story. Vieira wouldn’t give any details.
“That’s something we have discussed internally,” he said. “We have the position, the target. Now people are doing their best to try to make it happen.”
Vieira, however, wouldn’t elaborate whether if those players would be attacking or defenders — or both.
“We have a few names that we are working on,” he said. “We want to leave it open. This is something that I would like to keep a bit more private for us. But it is important for us to bring new faces. I think it is as good as well. It will be important to have new fresh faces to lift the team as well a little bit and to bring more competition inside the team. So, it will be important for us to work well and to bring the right people.”
It certainly wouldn’t hurt adding depth to all three platoons, although having another forward could be a priority. If leading-scorer David Villa (14 goals) would suffer a season-ending injury, the team could suffer mightily down the stretch.
“It would be important to bring somebody that can bring some things to the team,” Vieira said. “We don’t want to bring players just to add numbers. We have somebody who will have an impact on the team. So, that can be coming from the bench, that can be from the Starting XI. Then it is depending on how well we can do and how long they can take to adapt himself. But it will be somebody who can have an impact on the team.”
When asked if the players would come from outside or inside the league, Vieira replied, “It’s too much information. You just have to wait. It’s just going to be one week to go and hopefully things are going to happen.”