February 16, 2017
Red Bulls make it official: 'mutally agree to part ways' with sporting director Curtis
HARRISON, N.J. -- The New York Red Bulls and sporting director Ali Curtis and “have mutually agreed to part ways,” the team announced Thursday.
“Over the past four weeks, Curtis and the club tried to work through differing views. Ultimately, both sides agreed to part ways,” the team stated in a release. "We would like to thank Ali for his contributions to the club over the last two seasons. We wish him the best in all of his future endeavors."
Assistant coach Denis Hamlett has been making most of the Red Bulls' player personnel decisions.
"I thank the New York Red Bulls for the opportunity," Curtis said. "It was a privilege and honor to serve the fans, players and staff. I am very proud of all the work and accomplishments of our team, both on and off the field, from the youth academy, through the USL team and to the first team. I would also like to thank the families of all of the staff and players as their support helped to fuel our achievements. Lastly, the lifeblood of a club remains its fans, and I would be remiss if I did not thank them for their tremendous passion. The New York Metropolitan area will always be very special to me as my two children were born here, and loved cheering at Red Bull Arena. I will bring all of these good memories to my next opportunity in this great sport."
Curtis, a former MLS forward (Tampa Bay, Dallas Burn, D.C. United) who played at Duke University, had been working as an MLS administrator before he was hired by the Red Bulls in December of 2014. Under Curtis, the Red Bulls won the 2015 Supporters' Shield, won two Eastern Conference titles and advanced to the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League. Also, Curtis helped create NYRB II, which won the USL Shield and USL Cup last year.