Report: Reyna to leave NYCFC for expansion Austin FC
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Former United States national team star Claudio Reyna is leaving his post as sporting director of New York City FC to take a similar position for expansion team Austin FC, The Athletic reported Wednesday.
Multiple outlets reported that an announcement will be made Thursday.
Austin officials didn't deny that something is in the works.
"It is extremely flattering for our club to be linked with an experienced executive with the stature and global experience of Claudio Reyna," a team spokesman said.
Reyna, 46, has built an expansion team from scratch before.
Reyna became NYCFC sporting director in 2013 and prepared the franchise for its debut 2015 season.
In 2019, the club finished 18-6-10 and in first place in the Eastern Conference with 64 points before being eliminated from the playoffs by Toronto FC.
Reyna played in three World Cups for the U.S. and was the captain of the 2002 team that reached the quarterfinals. A midfielder, he scored eight goals in 111 international appearances.
Reyna was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2012.
Josh Wolff, 42, was previously named Austin's coach. He also was a member of the 2002 World Cup team.