New York Red Bulls to hire Sandro Schwarz as head coach: Sources

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The New York Red Bulls will name Bundesliga veteran manager Sandro Schwarz as their next head coach, sources briefed on the deal tell The Athletic.

Schwarz was most recently manager of Hertha Berlin, but he was let go in April as the side neared relegation. The club would eventually finish bottom of the Bundesliga.

Prior to his time at Hertha, the 45-year-old German was manager of Dynamo Moscow in the Russian Premier League and Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga. His stint with Dynamo was his most successful in terms of win percentage and goal difference, but he resigned from the club at the end of the 2022 season, a few months after Russia invaded Ukraine.

The Red Bulls began 2023 with Gerhard Struber as manager before Troy Lesense took over for the rest of the season. Lesesne’s contract was not renewed on Nov. 14, after the Red Bulls exited the MLS playoffs. The club declined to comment on this report. 

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Hiring Schwarz fits with Red Bulls’ global ethos of high-pressing and transition soccer, though sources at the club believe he’ll be more balanced in deploying the philosophy. After Struber departed, Lesense spoke of his priority to balance the style and be a bit better with the ball.

New York extended its MLS-best playoff streak to 14 this year, but fell in the first round to top-seeded FC Cincinnati. The squad has seen a few key changes this winter, including trades of Dru Yearwood to Nashville and Tom Barlow to Chicago. The club also agreed to terms for RB Leipzig star attacker Emil Forsberg, The Athletic reported last month.

The current squad is highlighted by designated players Dante Vanzeir and Luquinhas, as well as other key players John Tolkin, Lewis Morgan, Andres Reyes, Sean Nealis, Frankie Amaya and Daniel Edelman.

(Photo: Andreas Gora/picture alliance via Getty Images)

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