July 6, 2018 / 7:16 PM / 5 months ago

Red Bulls coach Marsch steps down; Armas promoted

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch has left the organization “to pursue other opportunities,” and Chris Armas was promoted to the position, the team announced Friday.

According to reports, Marsch is close to landing a role with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, a team that also is owned by the Austrian company Red Bull.

“We are fully supportive of Jesse and his decision to pursue a new opportunity,” Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett said. “Jesse played a large role in establishing our club identity, but the culture here is the result of the dedication and hard work of many.

“We are confident in Chris Armas. We know Chris and the coaching staff will have our team ready to compete each week, and they will continue to find ways to improve and work towards our ultimate goal of winning MLS Cup.”

Rumors suggested Marsch would take over as RB Leipzig’s head coach, though Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann has been announced to take that role in 2019-20. The Athletic reported Thursday that Marsch could be hired as an interim coach or assistant sporting director.

The Red Bulls posted a five-minute video on Twitter with comments from Marsch, who spent three-plus seasons at the helm, going 58-35-25 while making three playoff appearances and topping the Eastern Conference standings twice.

“There are some really fun moments we’ve had with this club,” he said in the video. “...Every day is such a joyous day, and it’s so awesome to come to work and know you’re surrounded by good people.”

Armas, who turns 46 next month, is a former U.S. international who joined New York’s staff as an assistant in 2015. He played 12 MLS seasons, mostly with the Chicago Fire, winning an MLS Cup in 1998.

The Red Bulls currently sit in second place in the East at 10-4-2 (32 points) with three games at hand on conference leader Atlanta. Only FC Dallas (2.06 points per game) has averaged more than New York’s 2.0 points per game.

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