The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte FC names Lattanzio assistant coach

- BY ALEX ANDREJEV aandrejev@charlotteo­bserver.com Alexandra Andrejev: @AndrejevAl­ex

On the heels of announcing Miguel Ángel Ramírez as Charlotte FC’s first head coach last week, the Major League Soccer club is filling out additional technical positions. Charlotte FC on Monday hired Christian Lattanzio as a new assistant coach to join Ramírez’s staff.

Lattanzio, 49, has signed a three-year deal with the team set to begin play in 2022.

Like Ramírez, Lattanzio’s experience is rooted primarily in coaching internatio­nal clubs. He served as an assistant coach for OGC Nice in top-tier French Ligue 1 from 2018 to 2020. Earlier in his career, the Italian-born

Lattanzio was a technical coordinato­r for Manchester City’s Elite Developmen­t Squad, a U-21 side that plays under the first team.

Lattanzio also has MLS experience that will be valuable to supporting Ramírez as a coach new to the league. His trajectory has closely followed that of Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira. Lattanzio was an assistant coach for the Vieira-led New York City FC squad between 2016 and 2018, and helped elevate the club to its first playoff appearance in 2016. There, Vieira used a possession-based style of play similar to what has been touted by Ramírez. Lattanzio departed New York at the same time as Vieira in the summer of 2018 to join Nice.

He has worked with highly regarded internatio­nal coaches Fabio Capello, Gianfranco Zola and Roberto Mancini.

“I feel privileged to join Charlotte FC’s coaching staff,” Lattanzio said in a statement. “It is the right moment to experience again the MLS culture as the Club’s ambitions match my goals. I am committed to working with Miguel and the entire team to play a competitiv­e, entertaini­ng game.”

Charlotte FC sporting director Zoran Krneta highlighte­d overlappin­g soccer philosophi­es between the club’s vision and Lattanzio’s experience.

“His soccer values, philosophy and most importantl­y style of play are aligned with the club, which make him a great addition to Charlotte FC,” club sporting director Zoran Krneta said in a statement.

Lattanzio is expected to work with the Charlotte FC Academy staff upon his arrival as well to help develop upcoming players while the team looks to fill out the first team roster in the coming months.

 ?? Charlotte FC ?? Charlotte FC has named Christian Lattanzio as an assistant coach. Lattanzio was formerly an assistant coach for New York City FC and a technical coordinato­r for Manchester City’s Elite Developmen­t Squad.
Charlotte FC Charlotte FC has named Christian Lattanzio as an assistant coach. Lattanzio was formerly an assistant coach for New York City FC and a technical coordinato­r for Manchester City’s Elite Developmen­t Squad.

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