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January 14, 2013
Report: Red Bulls to name Sousa head coach, Reyna his assistant

The Red Bulls finally found a successor to Hans Backe (above) -- Paulo Sousa.
The Red Bulls finally found a successor to Hans Backe (above) -- Paulo Sousa.
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Former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa will be named the new head coach of the Red Bulls as early as this week and former U.S. National Team captain Claudio Reyna will be his top assistant, according to SoccerByIves.

The Red Bulls became the last of the 19 Major League Soccer teams to name a coach.

Sousa recently stepped down as coach of Videoton in Hungary.

ESPN announcer Alexi Lalas had reported that Sousa was the No. 1 coaching candidate on his podcast, "The Shot," on Jan. 5.

Sousa will succeed Hans Backe, who was told that his contract would not be extended on Nov. 9, a day after the Red Bulls were eliminated from the Major League Soccer playoffs.

The 42-year-old Sousa made 51 international appearances for Portugal from 1991-2002.

He played for several clubs, including Benfica and Sporting CP in Portugal, Juventus, Inter and Parma in Italy, Borussia Dortmund in Germany, Panathinaikos in Greece and Espanyol in Spain.

Sousa has coaching experience with Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City and Leicester City in England, Videoton FC in Hungary and the Portuguese Under-16 National Team.

SBI also reported that Reyna had stepped down as U.S. Soccer youth technical director.

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