NYCFC is about to give Alexandru Mitrita some help in the scoring department. (Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports)
By Michael Lewis
BRONX — Apparently, the much ballyhooed signing of Alexandru Mitrita isn’t enough.
New York City FC is after another striker to join the Romanian international up front.
After the team’s scoreless draw with D.C. United in City’s home opener Sunday, head coach Dome Torrent announced City would sign a forward to help bolster the attack sometime in the next two weeks.
“We need a special player when you have to finish the action,” Torrent said.
NYCFC hasn’t finish well this season, scoring but twice in its opening two matches. None of its forwards have celebrated goals just yet.
The team made a big deal over its acquisition of Mitrita, who cost the Major League Soccer club reportedly in the neighborhood of $8 million.
Torrent reminded the media the team’s pending acquisition of a striker had nothing to do with the performance of his players after two matches.
“I am very happy with the people who work on our team about that,” he said, adding that it was important to sign a player now, prior to the summer transfer window come July.
“We have enough players in the middle,” he added. “The defenders are the same. The strikers, everybody knows we need special players, scoring players because if you are able to win chances, after that the result is about them.”
Of course, signing a special player, a special striker, is not easy when you are an MLS team. There may be more lucrative offers from a European team. And there are many restrictions in MLS that would give the best mathematicians in the world a migraine.
“It is not easy to sign in MLS,” Torrent said. “In Europe, if you have money you can sign this player. It’s about the salary cap [in MLS]. Sometimes in the last second the player decides to stay in the same club or stay to play in Europe. Sometimes it is about the salary. Sometimes it is about many, many things. But I have to be focused and improve my team.”