New Red Bulls soccer boss Curtis has plenty on plate

Ali Curtis, who has spent the last seven years with the MLS league office after a playing career that saw him win the 1999 Hermann Trophy and the 2000 MAC Award at Duke, has been named the New York Red Bulls new sporting director. He replaces Scotsman Andy Roxburgh, who stepped down after two years with the club, and arrives at what is a critical offseason for the Eastern Conference runners-up.
 
Curtis will be responsible for all soccer activities at the club, including player acquisition and scouting, oversight of the coaching staff, technical staff and youth development as well as management of the soccer operations budget and salary cap.

He will have plenty of work as the Red Bulls seek to replace the retired Thierry Henry and decide what to do about Australian Tim Cahill. The Red Bulls also still need to firm up plans to earn a second team in USL PRO.
 
"On behalf of the New York Red Bulls, we are all very pleased to add Ali to our team ahead of the 2015 season," said  "As a former player and league executive, " said Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre, "Ali brings a wealth of MLS knowledge to the sporting director position and we're excited to bring him on board."
 
Curtis, who played four seasons in MLS with the Tampa Bay Mutiny, D.C. United and Dallas Burn, spent seven seasons with MLS. Most recently, he was the senior director of player relations and competition where he oversaw MLS club budgets and negotiated over 200 player contracts per year. He was leading key areas of the renegotiation of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement and the MLS Player Development Committee. Before coming to MLS, Curtis worked as an analyst for JP Morgan Chase Private Bank in Chicago and Los Angeles.
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