Drama over: Ali Curtis, New York Red Bulls part ways

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The perceived mess is over.

The New York Red Bulls have “mutually parted ways” with sporting director Ali Curtis, the man who shepherded the club to the 2015 Supporters’ Shield.

The Red Bulls have had Curtis twisting in the wind for several weeks, and it was unclear for a time who was calling the shots in his stead.

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Thursday’s release said the team “tried to work through differing views” with Curtis over the past month.

Notably, the Red Bulls shipped Dax McCarty to Chicago, prompting the fan favorite midfielder to put the onus on coach Jesse Marsch, not Curtis.

From NewYorkRedBulls.com:

“I thank the New York Red Bulls for the opportunity,” said Ali Curtis. “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.”

The Red Bulls navigated similar stormy waters when Curtis removed Mike Petke in favor of Marsch, so it’s not the end of the world. It is, however, certainly another tricky time and new era at Red Bull Arena.