Former Assistant Coach for New York City FC and Technical Coordinator for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad joins the first-team coaching staff
CHARLOTTE, NC (Monday, July 12, 2021) – Charlotte FC today announced Christian Lattanzio as a new assistant coach. He will join the technical staff led by Miguel Ángel Ramírez, who was recently appointed Head Coach of the Club.
Born in Italy, he served as the assistant coach for New York City FC from 2016-2018 and Technical Coordinator for Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad, a role he assumed from 2013-2015. Lattanzio, 49, was also an assistant coach for OGC Nice (France Ligue 1) in 2018-2020 and has worked closely with legendary coaches including Frenchman Patrick Vieira and Italians Fabio Capello, Gianfranco Zola and Roberto Mancini.
“We are very excited to welcome Christian to the team,” said Charlotte FC Sporting Director Zoran Krneta. Christian has significant experience with the MLS and will bring invaluable knowledge and expertise to Miguel’s coaching team. His soccer values, philosophy and most importantly style of play are aligned with the Club, which make him a great addition to Charlotte FC.”
While working under Vieira, the former Arsenal, Internazionale and France midfielder, Lattanzio contributed to the first-ever play-off appearance for the New York City FC in 2016.
At Charlotte FC, the multilingual Italian coach will play a key role in helping create a winning team with a roster that already includes players from Australia, Austria, Spain, Poland and the U.S.
“I feel privileged to join Charlotte FC’s coaching staff, it is the right moment to experience again the MLS culture as the Club’s ambitions match my goals,” said Lattanzio. “I am committed to working with Miguel and the entire team to play a competitive, entertaining game. It is impressive to see the growth of soccer in the United States and the passion of the fans inspires me to do my best.”
Lattanzio signed a three-year agreement with the Club. In his role, he will also work closely with the Charlotte FC Academy staff to help develop young players.