June 8, 2009
Red Bulls officially still back Osorio
As of Monday night, coach Juan Carlos Osorio officially still had the support of the Red Bulls, according to a club spokesman.
BigAppleSoccer.com on Monday asked to interview Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover to comment on Osorio's job security.
Unfortunately, Stover was unavailable for comment.
The Red Bulls offered the website a transcript of last week's interview in which in which Stover talked about Osorio. A club official said that Stover's comments were still official this week.
Since the interview, the Red Bulls have lost two more games as they take a four-game losing streak into the Toronto FC match on Saturday. The Red Bulls are 2-9-3 and nine points and are at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference.
They are coming up a 4-0 loss at the New England Revolution on Sunday.
Asked if the team would kept losing, Stover replied, "The most important thing is the process is put in place to build and we are moving in the right direction. With every coach in every sport in every league, there’s a point where its time to go separate ways. But for us, we’re not thinking about that at all. We are staying committed to our plan. We’re not thinking about an exit strategy.
Dietrich Mateschitz, the owner and founder of the Red Bull energy drink, would ultimately have the final word.
"The owner is aware of our record," Stover said. "And he is aware of the plans and process put in place coming out of the Cup finals going into the season. We’ve spoke at length about that. We all understood by trying to have stability on the roster and coaching staff and trying to bring some new players and strengthen certain positions, there could be some challenges in cohesiveness at the beginning of the season. We were aware of the risk although we all expected better results.
"At the end of the year, the table doesn’t lie. You are what your record is. But without making excuses, if you look at our matches recently, we’ve played pretty well. We’ve outplayed some of the best teams in the league and haven’t gotten the results. We’ve made some mistakes at crucial times, we’ve gotten some bad calls, we’ve gotten some red cards and we found a way to put ourselves in a difficult position. Knowing the effect reorganizing who we are has had on the roster and bringing in new players, in looking at the current quality of play, we’re still confident it’s moving in the right direction."