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New York City FC appoint ex-Atletico Madrid trainer

New York City FC have announced the appointment of two new people in off-field positions.

The MLS expansion franchise have confirmed that Oscar Pitillas and Rodrigo Marion have joined ahead of their inaugural season in 2015.

Pitillas joins from Spanish club Atletico Madrid as NYCFC's physical training coach and Marion arrives from US Soccer as the club's youth technical co-ordinator.

Pitillas, who worked with David Villa at Atletico, said in a statement: "It's great to be able to join New York City with David Villa from Atletico Madrid and have the opportunity to implement a training and fitness regime to make our players as fit and strong as possible.

"It's imperative for an expansion club such as ours to be fully fit heading into the beginning of our inaugural season. Preseason will be a very important time as we bring our roster together for the first time. Our entire squad will need to be fit, competitive in training and prepared to contribute to the team."

NYCFC sporting director Claudio Reyna added: "In Rodrigo and Oscar, we have innovative individuals who will work strategically with Jason, myself and our entire operation to ensure that we become a strong unit.

"We're proud to have brought in such expertise, and I know we're building a fantastic team of professionals here. Time has been on our side for us to be selective and approach the right people to join our backroom staff to nurture, develop and encourage the players, both in the first team and throughout our youth structure.

"We're excited for the season to begin now, but we're also in this for the long game. The new hires will further enhance the foundations of the club and will allow the squad to compete positively in MLS."

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