New York City add Mehdi Ballouchy to coaching staff
NYCFC and Ronny Deila continued building the coaching staff on Friday with the addition of former MLS player Mehdi Ballouchy. The former NYCFC midfielder joined the Academy staff in 2017 and was most recently the Head Coach of the U-15s. During his time at NYCFC, he’s also coached the U-14s and his teams have competed against top teams both domestically and abroad.
“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to join Ronny’s staff and take on a bigger role with New York City FC. It’s been an honor to coach our boys - we’ve accomplished so many good things on the pitch, and I will miss working with them on a daily basis," said Ballouchy in statement.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Ballouchy played in college for Creighton University and Santa Clara University before being drafted second overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft.
A 10-year veteran of MLS, Ballouchy made 217 career MLS appearances, including 23 in New York City. Three of his 16 career goals came at the club.