In the fallout of New York City FC’s underwhelming showing in the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs, it has seemed that Blues manager Domé Torrent has his sights set on destinations other than the five boroughs.
The Domé Saga began in the post-game press conference of NYCFC’s 2-1 loss to Toronto FC where Torrent made some cryptic comments as they pertain to his future in New York. Additionally, Torrent gave Spanish podcast Se Llama Soccer a litany of complaints pertaining to how poorly NYCFC is run.
Earlier today, ESPN reported that sources close to the situation have told them that Torrent will be stepping down from his post as NYCFC manager when he speaks with the club’s owners “in the coming days.”
As of right now, the rumor is that Torrent is looking at options both within MLS and in the Middle East.
This makes little sense to me.
As of right now, there are only two manger spots available in Major League Soccer — Orlando City SC and the Montreal Impact. If Torrent thinks that NYCFC is ran less than optimally, just wait until he sees the setup in Orlando where, in their five years of existence, the Lions have still yet to earn their first playoff berth.
Things haven’t been much better in the City of Saints, where the Impact have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons and often struggle to field teams that can compete with the best in each conference.
The Middle East just seems like a dead end entirely. Outside of Turkey’s Super Lig (which is considered to be a European league and plays within the UEFA confederation), I couldn’t tell you a thing about Middle East football. Whether or not that’s a bad thing is completely dependent upon your own view and soccer preferences (what you watch), but I don’t see a good path to Europe there.
Should Torrent leave the Bronx this winter, club officials have reportedly “earmarked” Gio van Bronckhorst as his replacement.
We’ll update you on this situation as more information is revealed.