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New York Names O'Riordan Coach

March 10, 2010 - USL First Division (USL-1) - FC New York News Release

NEW YORK -- F.C. New York today announced the appointment of veteran Irish player and coach Don O'Riordan as its Technical Director/Coach, club President Doug Petersen announced. O'Riordan will be responsible for all soccer activities for the club including the first team, the reserves, the F.C New York Academy, its youth system and scouting.

"Don O'Riordan is highly respected in the international soccer world and we're extremely fortunate to add someone of his stature to the F.C. New York family," Petersen said of O'Riordan, who was featured as "the nomadic nurturer" in a story on FIFA.com this past month. "F.C. New York's direction on the field is now in reliable hands and we're anxious to move forward with our preparations for the 2011 United Soccer Leagues season."

O'Riordan's mix of experience, professionalism and know-how will help establish F.C. New York on the local and national soccer maps. He will not only develop players of all ages and help direct FCNY coaches, but he will establish relationships with local youth and college coaches as well.

"We are excited to secure Don for this crucial position, and we know his appointment will benefit not only FC New York, but the local soccer community as well," F.C. New York EVP Jo-Ellen Treiber said. "We firmly believe that he has the temperament, leadership qualities and proven track record in developing soccer players that will be crucial in helping us to establish our club here in New York."

O'Riordan, 52, joins F.C. New York after a successful career as a player and as a manager/coach. Most recently O'Riordan spent five years in China as technical director/coach with Chengdu Blades Football Club, which he helped guide to promotion into the Chinese Super League. His role with Chengdu also included the establishment of an academy to help develop coaches and players at every level in their organization. He also monitored the standard of the players in China for parent club Sheffield United.

O'Riordan became involved in the 2008 Beijing Olympics when, at the request of the CFA, he worked with the China Women's National Team. He was later credited for his role in helping the team making it to the quarterfinals by the Chinese Head Coach Shang. He recently worked with the South African U-20 Women's Team after a request from the SAFA to help prepare the team for a World Cup Qualifier vs. Zambia, which they won, 6-0. It was O'Riordan's third experience working with national teams following his appointment as head coach of the Ireland semi-pro Team that participated in a 2001 Home Nations Tournament in England.

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