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Paid Their Dues: Rob Vartughian joins New York City FC

New York City FC announces ex- Philadelphia Union First Assistant Coach and Technical Director Rob Vartughian has joined their ranks as a goalkeeper coach.

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Orlando City SC isn't the only expansion team welcoming someone who has spent the better part of the past five years on Seaport Drive.

New York City FC announced yesterday that Rob Vartughian has joined the club as an assistant coach. Vartughian was let go by the Philadelphia Union on June 11 of this year, mere days after manager John Hackworth was fired. Vartughian joined the Union on December 18, 2009 as an Assistant Coach and Goalkeeper Coordinator, and in 2012 his role was expanded to include the title "Technical Director". Vartughian also has served as goalkeeping coach of the United States National Team at several youth levels as well as the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland, where he coached current MLS goalkeepers Chris Seitz and Zac MacMath.

Born in Queens, New York and growing up in Northern New Jersey, Vartughian joins ex-Union Vice President of Ticket Sales and Fan Services Mike Quarino at Yankee Stadium.