finally happened. His team mired in a winless streak dating back more than three months, an apologetic Juan Carlos Osorio
resigned as head coach of the
New York Red Bulls. For the second time in four seasons, assistant coach Richie Williams
has taken over as the interim head coach, this time for the remainder
of the 2009 season.
A year after reaching the MLS Cup final, the Red Bulls had the worst record in the league at 2-16-4 when Osorio resigned.
"It has been a difficult
season for Juan Carlos and he felt that it was in the best interest of the team to step aside," said Red Bulls managing director Erik Stover
in a press
release. "I want to personally thank Juan Carlos for his efforts with the Red Bulls organization. It was under his leadership last season that the team won the Western Conference Championship and
reached the MLS Cup Final for the first time in franchise history. We wish him well in his future endeavors."
Osorio, who came over from Chicago, led the Bulls to a 12-27-13 record.
"I want to apologize to the fans for the results this season," he said in a statement. "I want to thank the players for their hard work. I would also like to thank the club for the
opportunity to coach the team for the past two seasons."
The news comes the same day Michael Lewis
of bigapplesoccer.com reports
that Red Bull, the Austrian company that bought the club from AEG in 2006, might sell it to FC Barcelona.
MLS has courted the Spanish club for several seasons. It has a promotional arrangement with Barcelona, which looked to move into the Miami market.
With the stadium the Red
Bulls will open in Harrison, N.J., in 2010, MLS is desperate to fix what should be its flagship club. Barcelona's move into New York would give it the most prominent market into which to invest
directly in MLS.
Barca star Thierry Henry
has often talked of ending his career in MLS. Perhaps with NY Barca?