January 14, 2013
Sources: 2 months after Backe's departure, Red Bulls set to name Sousa head coach, Reyna his assistant
By Michael Lewis
|The Red Bulls have found a successor to Hans Backe (above) -- Paulo Sousa.
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More than two months after Hans Backe was told his contract would not be extended as coach, the Red Bulls have found their man to run the team -- former Portuguese international Paulo Sousa.
BigAppleSoccer.com has confirmed reports at SoccerByIves via sources in the U.S. soccer community and within Major League Soccer that Sousa will be named the next Red Bulls coach and that former U.S. National Team captain Claudio Reyna will be his top assistant coach. Reyna also has stepped dow as U.S. Soccer youth technical director, opening the way of him joining the club.
An announcement could happen as early as this week, SBI reported.
The Red Bulls will become the last of the 19 Major League Soccer teams to name a coach.
Sousa recently stepped down as coach of Videoton in Hungary after ESPN announcer Alexi Lalas reported that that the Portuguese native was the team's No. 1 coaching candidate on his podcast, "The Shot," on Jan. 5.
Sousa will succeed 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.
Sousa 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.
He 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.
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