Former Portuguese national team coach Carlos Queiroz is the new head coach of the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, the team announced May 27.
The 43-year-old Queiroz led Portugal to the world U-16 championship in 1989, and the world U-20 title in 1991. He also took the full Portuguese national team through World Cup '94 qualifying, narrowly missing a berth after a 1-0 loss to Italy on the final day of qualification. In addition, he has coached Sporting Lisbon of the Portuguese First Division.
"Obviously, we are thrilled to have a coach like Carlos Queiroz at the helm of the MetroStars," said GM Charlie Stillitano. "We feel like we've got a coach who is the total package... Perhaps most important, he shares our club's vision, which is to build a club that is, from the top down, on par with the great clubs of the world."
Queiroz, who is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, assumed his position immediately and put the MetroStars through a practice session at Kean (N.J.) College in preparation for their home match against D.C. United May 30.
Dan Gaspar will serve as Queiroz' assistant/goalkeeper coach, while Ralph Perez (assistant under departed coach Eddie Firmani) will remain with the MetroStars and coordinate the club's scouting efforts.