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January 11, 2017
Report: Marsch to become Red Bull Salzburg coach while Chris Armas named his Red Bulls successor

Chris Armas, pictured when he play reportedly will
Chris Armas, pictured when he play reportedly will
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By Michael Lewis Editor

If published reports are correct, then the Red Bulls have a new head coach.

No, Jesse Marsch isnn't being pushed out as the Red Bulls head man, he is being given an opportunity to direct a soccer club in Europe -- the team's sister club in Austria, Red Bull Salzburg, according to a report.

In his place at the Red Bulls' helm will be assistant coach and former U.S. international Chris Armas, according to that same report by Wednesday afternoon.

Earlier Wednesday,'s Sam Stejskal reported Marsch was in serious talks with the Austrian First Division club if current head coach Oscar García leaves the team. Garcia reportedly has been linked to several jobs, most recently to the Malaga head coaching position. He reportedly has taken that position.

The Red Bulls would not comment on the report that Marsch was leaving the Major League Soccer team or that Armas would take over for him. According to the website, assistant coach Denis Hamlett would be offered the position of technical director.

Marsch did not attend the MLS combine at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. He is in Salzburg, Austria, meeting with Red Bull Global officials.

If true, this would be the 44-year-old Armas' first head coaching position.

The former Adelphi University standout directed the women's soccer team at his alma mater for four years before becoming Red Bulls assistant coach two years ago.

Born in the Bronx, Armas was a vital member of the Long Island Rough Riders, who captured the 1995 U.S. Interregional Soccer League crown in 1995. He joined the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer's inaugural season in 1996, scoring in a losing effort in MLS Cup that year.

He was dealt to the expansion Chicago Fire in 1998, helping that team to the MLS Cup crown. Armas, who has scored twice in 66 international appearances, twice missed opportunities to perform at the World Cup due to knee injuries.
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