The New York Red Bulls fired Scotsman Mo Johnston
as head coach and named assistant coach Richie Williams
coach the team on an interim basis until a new head coach is named.
“We are a results-driven company," said Red Bull managing director Marc de
, "and that’s what today’s decision is based on. Having only two wins through 12 games is unacceptable for our organization and above all else, our fans.”
The Red Bulls are 2-3-7 with wins over Chivas USA (May 20) and Los Angeles (June 17). Johnston first became the head coach on an interim basis last fall after Bob
was relieved of his duties. He led the MetroStars to a 2-0-1 record over the team’s final three regular-season games, helping them earn a playoff berth. The MetroStars lost to
the first-seeded New England Revolution, 3-2, on aggregate.
Williams, 36, was in his first season as an assistant coach with the Red Bulls. He played eight years in MLS and won three MLS
titles with D.C. United. He starred at the University of Virginia for Bruce Arena
and earned 17 caps with the U.S. national team. Arena's name has often
been mentioned in connection with the Red Bulls' coaching job.
The Red Bulls also anounced today that they acquired left back Tim Dunivant
the Los Angeles Galaxy.