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Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

January 16, 2017
Red Bulls situation: strange, stranger, perhaps strangest?

Jesse Marsch (left) remains coach of the Red Bulls.
Jesse Marsch (left) remains coach of the Red Bulls.
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By Michael Lewis Editor

LOS ANGELES -- We may never ever get to the bottom of the Jesse Marsch out and Chris Armas in as Red Bulls coach.

But as a wise old soul once reminded me, where there is smoke, there is usually fire.

Last week reported that Jesse Marsch would become coach of Red Bull Salzburg and that Chris Armas would replace him as the man in charge.

Startling news, no doubt, except it never happened.

It may take a while or even a long time to get to the bottom of this, but according to one source within Major League Soccer (that's the league in general, not the league front office), that is what indeed happen.

Marsch was going to coach elsewhere (most likely Salzburg) and Armas was told he was the new Red Bulls coach.

Unfortunately, I don't have a second source to back that up, but that's what I was told by someone I trust.

Perhaps even more perplexing is the case of Ali Curtis, the Red Bulls sporting director, who was called away from the convention and Major League Soccer SuperDraft and flew back to New York without any explanation. And Curtis was forced to cancel a seminar he was scheduled to give about global strategies and the Red Bull situation.

Now that's not something you see every day -- a sporting director leaving the draft before it began.

Yikes! I don't know what transpired there and I could speculate until I broke the internet.

All I can say is strange, very strange.
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