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MLS report: USMNT’s Tyler Adams set for Bundesliga move

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Tyler Adams looks set to join his former New York Red Bulls head coach overseas.

Adams, 19, has been linked with a move to RB Leipzig for some time, and is reporting that he’ll join the Bundesliga outfit after the MLS season concludes in the Fall.

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RBNY coach Jesse Marsch left the club this month to take an assistant’s position at RBL.

Adams made his RBNY debut as a 16-year-old, scoring in a friendly against Chelsea. He’s since become a first team regular and carries six USMNT caps.

The timing of the move is significant, says Sam Stejskal, as a sign-and-loan for RBL changes when Adams could join RBL.

Completing the transfer now and then loaning Adams back to New York for the remainder of the MLS season would make the US international eligible to play for Leipzig as soon as New York are eliminated in MLS, which could be as early as the end of October. If the parties wait until the winter transfer window to complete the deal, Adams will not be eligible to play for Leipzig until January.

Adams would join American teenagers Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Josh Sargent in Germany’s top flight.

USMNT players John Brooks, Fabian Johnson, Timmy Chandler, Aron Johannsson, Bobby Wood, Jerome Kiesewetter, Alfredo Morales, Haji Wright, and Caleb Stanko also have Bundesliga deals.

Marsch to assist Rangnick, then Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig

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We’ve got some clarity of Jesse Marsch’s new gig with the Red Bull organization.

Marsch left his head coaching position in MLS to take a gig with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, which was wild considering the German side had already announced the hiring of Julian Nagelsmann… for the 2019-20 season.

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So while Chris Armas slides into Marsch’s seat in New York, we know that Marsch is going to be an assistant for caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick.

Rangnick is the sporting director at RBL, and has been first chair at a number of Bundesliga clubs: Schalke, Hoffenheim, Hannover 96, Stuttgart, and, yes, RBL.

Marsch has a 2-year deal at RBL, where he’ll continue as an assistant under Nagelsmann in 2019-20.

It’s not a traditional assistant role, though, as laid out by Rangnick:

“We have now come to the conclusion that I will take on the role of head coach, supported by the best coaching staff at our disposal. Ultimately, it came down to carrying responsibility – I know the league, the team and I speak the language. That isn’t the case yet for Jesse Marsch, so that’s why he will be working as an assistant coach


“The coaches will receive special tasks so that everyone can make their mark. Jesse Marsch and Robert Klauß, who knows our youth setup very well, will play important roles in our training development and implementation.”

So there’s a language and familiarity barrier, and Rangnick needs to run a season in an unorthodox way as the club prepares for Nagelsmann (who will fulfill his final year at Hoffenheim).

It still feels odd that he’d leave his first chair unless there’s something major in the offing beyond this, but it reads like he’ll have a good deal of responsibility and continue to raise his stock in the Red Bull group.

MLS: NYCFC beat Red Bulls on Maxi Moralez’s late goal

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The Domenec Torrent era has seen New York City FC hardly skip a beat, as Patrick Vieira’s former side has won two of their first three games under the new boss.

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After knocking off Toronto FC on Torrent’s debut two weeks ago, NYCFC, who currently sit second in the Eastern Conference (six points back of leaders Atlanta United), blew a 2-1 lead away to Chicago Fire and lost 3-2 last weekend. On Sunday, though, in Torrent’s first New York derby clash with the New York Red Bulls, NYCFC got a late goal from Maxi Moralez to go a point clear of their local rivals and exact a small measure of revenge for the 4-0 thrashing they suffered earlier this year.

Not long before Moralez broke through for his seventh goal of the season (to go with eight assists), it was the Red Bulls who nearly went ahead, but Kaku’s volley flashed inches wide of Sean Johnson’s left-hand post. It was the best chance for the side under Chris Armas, who took over for the recently departed Jesse Marsch (RB Leipzig) on Friday.

The defeat snaps the Red Bulls’ three-game winning streak and drops them to third place in the East, now eight points back of Atlanta following the Five Stripes’ win on Saturday.

Marsch leaves New York Red Bulls, Armas hired

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Jesse Marsch is out as the New York Red Bulls head coach, with the former USMNT and MLS star set to move to sister club RB Leipzig.

Marsch, 44, turned the Red Bulls into a well-drilled, exciting team to watch after arriving in 2015 and putting faith in plenty of young players.

He won the 2015 Supporters’ Shield, as well as finishing top of the Eastern Conference standings twice, plus led them to a U.S. Open Cup final and twice to the CONCACAF Champions League.

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His departure, likely to Leipzig, is a strange one.

They’ve already hired Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann to take charge of them for the 2019/20 season and it has been rumored that Marsch could be an assistant coach, have a role on the technical staff or even just coach the Bundesliga team for the 2018/19 campaign.

Chris Armas has already been appointed as Marsch’s replacement, with the former MLS and U.S. national team star promoted from within the RBNY organization. His first game in charge will be against rivals New York City FC this Sunday.

RBNY released a statement confirming Armas has been promoted, while their sporting director Denis Hamlett had the following to say.

“We are fully supportive of Jesse and his decision to pursue a new opportunity,” Hamlett said. “Jesse played a large role in establishing our club identity, but the culture here is the result of the dedication and hard work of many. We are confident in Chris Armas. We know Chris and the coaching staff will have our team ready to compete each week, and they will continue to find ways to improve and work towards our ultimate goal of winning MLS Cup.”

Marsch leaves RBNY in a much stronger position than when he arrived as he has long been linked with either the USMNT job, other gigs in MLS or jobs overseas.

It appears the latter is about to be confirmed, with Leipzig eager to challenge for a UEFA Champions League spot this season after narrowly missing out and only qualifying for the Europa League for 2018/19.

Report: RBNY’s Jesse Marsch in discussions to take Leipzig job

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For the second time this year, one of New York’s Major League Soccer sides could be losing its manager under nearly unprecedented terms.

Just last month, New York City FC manager Patrick Vieira left the Eastern Conference club to take over Ligue 1 side OGC Nice.

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Now, New York Red Bulls manager Jesse Marsch looks to be nearing a departure from NYCFC’s biggest rivals with still half the MLS regular season remaining.

The Athletic’s Kristian Dyer is reporting that Marsch is “deep in discussions” with RBNY’s parent club over a move to the German Bundesliga next season.

The report states that Marsch could either become the RB Leipzig manager for the 2018/19 season, an assistant coach, or work on the technical staff.

No deal has been finalized between Marsch and Leipzig to this point.

Leipzig is in a unique position, having signed pre-contract with Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann — who will take over at the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.

Marsch has been with the Red Bulls since 2015, when he replaced Mike Petke at Red Bull Arena. He has since guided the club to a Supporters’ Shield title, as well as an appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals earlier in 2018.