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Ex-Man Utd, Ipswich player Weston takes charge of FC New York

F.C. New York has announced the addition of Matt Weston to its technical staff.

Weston brings extensive playing and coaching experience from both the UK and United States to the program and will take over the technical duties from Don O'Riordan, who has returned to Chengdu, China.

Having played professionally in England for Ipswich Town, Weston has extensive playing experience. His career began in 1986 when he spent four years with the Manchester United Academy of Excellence, which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and other top players. While at the academy he received coaching from Sir Alex Ferguson, Archie Knox, Eric Harrison and Brian Kidd, among others.

Weston's career then took him to Ipswich Town of the English Premier League, where he played under the late John Lyall. Weston spent five years at Ipswich in the mid 1990s before joining Stockport County on loan during the 1995-96 season. Weston retired from full time professional football soon after, embarking on his coaching career.

Weston's coaching experience spans more than a decade in both the UK and United States. He has worked with professional academy players at Bolton Wanderers FC of the English Premier League, as well as semi-professionals, college players and high school players. He has a UEFA B coaching qualification.

Upon arriving in the United States in 2006, Weston became a Player Development Officer for Major League Soccer. He then moved on to work as the assistant coach at the University of Bridgeport in 2008 before setting up his own business, Weston Pro Soccer.

Weston currently runs camps and clinics throughout the State of Connecticut and employs coaches from both England and Ireland in his program. He is the former Coaching Director for CFC (Connecticut Football Club) and was the Head Coach of CFC's Elite Women's College Showcase Team. Weston most recently named as the Head Coach at SUNY Purchase and has also set up a Premier Soccer Program in Connecticut.

F.C. New York EVP Jo-Ellen Treiber stated "Doug (Petersen - President) and I have known Matt for a few years and we have watched him do great things in Connecticut. His high energy level and vigor are just what we need."

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