Chris Armas
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Chris Armas has been named New York Red Bulls head coach after Jesse Marsch departs to pursue new opportunities. 

On Friday morning, it was reported that Jesse Marsch stepped down as head coach of the New York Red Bulls, one of the most consistently successful franchises in Major League Soccer.

Former assistant coach and right-hand man of Marsch, Chris Armas, will assume the position of head coach for the rest of the 2018 campaign.

After bringing home the only major trophy, the Supporters’ Shield for RBNY in 2015, Denis Hamlett in a press conference stated, “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.”

Current Shape of RBNY

RBNY currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference and are rising favorites to potentially win the 2018 Supporters’ Shield and MLS Cup.

What Armas Brings to the Table

As a native New Yorker, he will be the 16th head coach for the club. He will join other names such as Hans Backe, Bruce Arena, Bob Bradley and Mike Petke.

Armas is no stranger to MLS success as a player as he was a six-time All-Star and made appearances in MLS Cup, Open Cup and the U.S. Men’s National Team.

On Sunday, July 8, RBNY, with their new coach will face their Hudson River rivals NYCFC who are also recovering from a switch in leadership after Patrick Vieira left the club.

Jesse Marsch leaves the club in respectable condition for which he was responsible for constructing. Thank you, Jesse, for all of your hard work.

Chris Sudol is a former college soccer player who now avidly supports the New York Red Bulls, Arsenal, and Barcelona, among many other soccer teams.