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RBNY Has Their Staff For 2010 Season


There was some excitement in the air at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ as the club was about to announce their new head coach in Hans Backe. From certain press pictures you thought right away that he is a task master, or someone who won’t tolerate foolish attitudes from his players. If you saw him for the first time your first opinion of Hans Backe would be “Grumpy Old Men” but once you got to know him or at least once he spoke to the media you can tell that he is a coach that will listen to his players and give some strong advice to make them better.

He has seen some of the matches with MLS clubs involved with the Superliga when he was Sven-Goren Eriksson’s assistant with the Mexican National Team & he has seen some matches on DVD, but while he does rate American players very well he admits that he needs to see more matches in the league to get the full exposure. “I am very excited to join Red Bull NY & the organization” said Backe “It’s a massive challenge to build a team, working with their academy and develop players. I am also glad to have both Des (McAleenan) & Richie (Williams), because it’s vital to have great knowledge of MLS & their tricky rules but we will get things done.”

The style of play that Backe would like to bring to RBNY is alot of pace and wishes to emulate the club to F.C. Barcelona. That would mean bringing over Lionel Messi and Thierry Henry for that to happen, but if RBNY can have a good Super Draft this coming Friday and bring up some quality players either thru their youth system or thru the transfer window. At least we all know the rumors of Henry wanting to come to New York City after this summers World Cup.

The one thing I have noticed from both Backe and Sporting Director Erik Soler is that both men are very happy that Richie Williams & Des McAleenan decided to stay with the club and will help them with the quirky rules of the league as well as the scouting for the club. At least right now the communications aspect for the club is in a good direction and all egos will be checked at the door.

The main reason for Backe coming to the club wasn’t so much about bringing in a European or an American coach it was more to give the club a fresh start and draw some positives to a new beginning at the new stadium. “I am happy to have these people with me” Said Soler “I am very humbled to be in a new stadium and can’t wait for a brand new start.”

That is the main idea right now for Red Bull NY. To have a fresh start and a right state of mind with the players. That has already been done for the past couple of days when Soler and Backe called in for a voluntary training session with the players who are currently on the roster. Each player met with Backe at their training facility in Montclair State University. They are also ready to get this season underway that is if the new C.B.A. has been signed. But for now it looks to be a positive for the new coaching staff of RBNY.

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  1. Daniel Feuerstein

    March 18, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    To Robert: Where in the hell did I say The Big 4? I made no mention of the Big 4? This is about the RBNY coaching staff. All Backe said was he wants this club to mirror FC Barcelona. Come on now.


    January 15, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Scarves in a summer league. How MLS.

    Welcome to the MLS, Hans. You will be granted very little autonomy. You will be able to pay the players so little, they’d all have to pool their money to get an apartment on Manhattan. You will be limited in the number of players you can have on the payroll.

    At least you won’t need to fear relegation.

    So welcome. Hope your people skills are good. Hope you can play father figure well. Hope you don’t want the opportunity to manage the world class club that New York deserves.

    When you apply to manage a TGI Fridays, MLS will look good on your resume.

  3. Joey Clams

    January 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Gee, Dave, thanks for cluing me in.

  4. dave2010

    January 14, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    You can’t have a “big 4” in MLS Single Entity/Parity system. No one has the money advantage.

    Also soccer scarves have been a pretty universal symbol of world football culture since forever, regardless of climate or weather. Although this time of year in New Jersey is appropriate for scarves.

  5. Robert

    January 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Did Dan just say “Big Four”? The Big Four is for the EPL on how many qualifications they get into the Champions League. MLS does not have a Big Four because they are broken down into Conferences and entry into Concacaf Champions League is far different for where you finish in the table like the EPL. Get off of Europe’s nuts.

  6. RBNYsupporter

    January 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    They’re wearing supporter’s scarves. They are more meant to show your support for the team than to be a fashion accessory. I own one myself. Check out EPL games and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

    That being said, I got my season tix to RBA, new coach, new season. Can this season get here already??

    • Joey Clams

      January 14, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Gee, I never knew that.

  7. Dan Galactico

    January 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Lol, the scarves are pretty funny looking.
    I sure hope they succeed. I’m an LA supporter but I feel that NY is a natural “Big 4” team here and they should be good. LA, NY, Chicago and probably DC I feel are the big 4. perhaps seattle as well for fan base but damn that team can’t finish.

  8. Joey Clams

    January 13, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    If you’re going to wear a scarf, you really should wear a sweater too. What’s wrong with those clowns?

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