Eloi Amagat will add midfield depth to NYCFC. (Photo courtesy of NYCFC)
By Michael Lewis
It didn’t take long for new New York City FC head coach Domenec Torrent to bring in one of his own players.
Wednesday, the Major League Soccer club announced it had signed free agent and former Girona FC midfielder Eloi Amagat, which will add depth to its midfield.
The 33-year-old Amagat, City’s first midseason addition, played for Torrent at Girona FC captured first place in Spain’s Tercera Division.
He will join NYCFC after the receipt of his P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
“Eloi has a lot of experience in Spain,” said Torrent, who was named coach June 11. “He has quality to keep the ball and is able to do key passes for our striker and has absolute control when he plays in the midfield. He can play as a 6, 8 or a 10 and, for me, it is important to have versatile players that can play in different positions. He has a lot of quality and I think he can help us in the midfield.”
Added Torrent: “We were together many years ago, he was already a person that left his mark when I was with him in Girona. He is a mastermind in soccer and has a philosophy that fits well with my style. I’m very happy to be working with him again after many years.”
Amagat began his pro career with Girona FC, a City Football Group team as NYCFC is, in 2004. He helped the club get promoted to the Segunda Division for the first time in 49 years in 2009.
“I am very excited,” he said. “I have spoken with Dome several times and he has spoken wonders of the club and also of the city. It’s an important challenge for me and I have a lot of desire to join this club.
“These past two weeks I have been reading a lot about the Club. The team is in second, they are playing at a high level and Dome has been doing a great job. I want to help the team and be in New York as soon as possible.”
Amagat played with Lorca Deportiva, in which he tallied 21 goals in 90 appearances. He came back to Girona in 2012. He helped Girona move up another level as it was promoted to La Liga in 2016-17 for the first time, playing 16 games that season. He wound up made but La Liga debut Feb. 16 of this year.
“Eloi has lot of qualities and it’s helpful that Dome already knows what he’s going to get from him,” NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna said. “We’re confident he will adapt into our system of play right away which makes it a really good situation. Eloi is extremely motivated to join the Club and we’re excited to add him to an already strong midfield.”
NYCFC plays at Orlando City SC Thursday night.