Domemec Torrent is set to return to NYCFC for 2019, a report said. (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)

Domenec Torrent, whose team faded badly during the Major League Soccer stretch run and the playoffs, will return as New York City FC head coach in 2019, The Athletic reported Tuesday.

Kristian Dyer reported the story at https://theathletic.com/666469/2018/11/20/

In June, Torrent replaced Patrick Vieira, who departed to take over the coaching reins of Nice in French Ligue 1 after directing the side to an 8-3-4 mark with 28 points over 15 games.

During Torrent’s 19-game tenure, City accumulated the same amount of points with a rather ordinary 8-7-4 record. Moreover, it was the abysmal way NYCFC finished the season that was more alarming. Down the regular season stretch after winning its fourth consecutive game July 26, a 3-0 win over struggling Orlando City SC, the team went 3-6-4, which did not give many area soccer observers and inspired look toward the playoffs.

Including the three postseason matches, City has endured its worst stretch of matches — 4-8-4 since the Jason Kreis reign of error during the 2015 season. And in case you were wondering, City was outscored during that stretch, 26-20. Not exactly numbers an optimistic can put a proper spin on.

Once one of the top Major League Soccer road sides, City struggled to a 4-9-4 away mark from the confines of Yankee Stadium. NYCFC was an impressive 12-1-4 at home during the regular season but many observers saw some pock marks and that the team was not as dominant at the old ballpark as in the past over the last two months.

With Torrent in tow, expect him to make several changes during the offseason, bringing in players who could work under his system and not Vieira’s.