NEW YORK – New York City FC Monday announced the hiring of Matt Goodman as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Commercial Officer, a new position created by the Major League Soccer club.

In his role, Goodman will oversee ticket sales, suites and premium seating, corporate partnership, marketing, business intelligence and analytics, as well as youth programs. He also will work together with club CEO Brad Sims to help drive business operations forward.

Goodman joins NYCFC from five-plus years at the National Basketball Association, where he served as senior vice president of the league’s team marketing and business operations department.

“We are excited to have Matt Goodman join the NYCFC family. Matt brings with him a wealth of experience and puts us in a position to tackle issues most relevant to our fans,” Sims said. “He shares our deep belief in the growing strength of soccer in the United States and the opportunity specifically for soccer in the five boroughs. We will continue building out our team with top talent, both in our business operations and our sporting operations, as we enter our sixth season in 2020. We are more committed than ever in creating a staff culture that puts our fans first and our first team and Academy teams in the best position possible to win trophies as we continue our mission to build New York into one of the soccer capitals of the world.”

Added Goodman: “There has never been a better time for soccer in the United States. The sport is growing rapidly, and I am looking forward to leveraging this momentum in New York City with an innovative organization like NYCFC. There is a vast opportunity for soccer across the five boroughs, and I am excited to bring perspective, leadership and industry experience to this role to engage new fans with a specific focus on youth and community.

“In my new role as COO and chief commercial officer, I am particularly focused on finding creative business intelligence strategies to drive NYCFC forward. We are kicking off the 2020 season with lots of energy and we expect success and growth on and off the pitch.”