The changes continue at the New York Red Bulls continue, not unexpectedly, with the departure of sporting director Andy Roxburgh
. The 71-year-old Scotsman was
part of a triumvirate including general manager Jerome de Bontin
and head of global football Gerard Houllier
Red Bull that took over the management of the club in 2013.
The Red Bulls captured the 2013 MLS Supporters' Shield and advanced to the Eastern Conference final in 2014. De Bontin resigned
on the eve of the 2014 season. Former executive Marc de Grandpre
returned as head of commercial operations and now holds the title of general manager.
"After two wonderful seasons with this great club and with my contract at an end, it is time for me to move on to a new challenge," said Roxburgh, who was responsible for all soccer
operations. "When I came to New York, I was given the remit of raising professional standards on the sporting side and bringing success on the field. With the support of everyone at the club, I feel
that these objectives have been achieved."
Roxburgh's departure comes during a period of change at the club on the field and off. Thierry Henry
left after five seasons, Australian star Tim Cahill
is not expected back in 2015, and Colombian veteran Jamison Olave
who helped solidify the defense, was traded back to Real Salt Lake.
After wavering, the Red Bulls are expected to field a second team in USL PRO in 2015. No site for the team has been
announced but options include Red Bull Arena as well as college stadiums at Columbia in Manhattan and St. John's in Queens. Another possible home for the team is the Red Bulls’ training facility
in Hanover, N.J. It will be expanded in a two-stage process with stage one to be completed by April 2015.