BRONX — For the first time in several days, Domènec Torrent probably slept fairly well Sunday night.
After all, it was the first time the new New York City FC head coach wasn’t running around securing his visa paperwork, flying across the Atlantic Ocean and getting himself acquainted with his new team, running his first training session and coaching in his first Major League Soccer game.
And, it certainly didn’t hurt that NYCFC won in his debut a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Yankee Stadium.
“It was not easy for me because it was a crazy week,” Torrent said. “We’ve been traveling, but in the end, everything was good. [Saturday] was the first training session for me and I think the players are ready. I watched the whole training session and when I saw the intensity and the aptitude, I said, ok, ‘They are ready to try to win the game,’ but it’s not easy.”
Even though he had all of one training session with the team, Torrent had done his homework for both teams. He watched NYCFC’s last nine matches
“I think I knew exactly how the MLS played,” he said. “For me the MLS is a little bit different than the European league. The difference may be in the European league, there’s little bit more organized maybe. I’ve watched 12 games, but normally the MLS team has, two, three, four players with quality.
“I think the MLS is getting better 100 percent. It’s a surprise for me because people say MLS is good and no, the fans are amazing. I think our fans support the team all the time and sometimes that is the reason why we can win the game. For me, it’s getting better 100 percent.”
Torrent will have much more time to get acquainted with his team and its Orangeburg, N.Y. training center this week as City’s next game is at the Chicago Fire Saturday