Thank God Manchester City didn’t send Erling Haaland to New York City FC for a conditioning stint this summer. Can you imagine what the Norwegian would’ve done to Toronto FC’s backline in the Leagues Cup?
RB Leipzig attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg is said to be on the verge of joining New York Red Bulls.
The Sweden star had shown interest in extending his contract with Leipzig but was disappointed with the low offer presented to him by former sporting director Max Eberl. Moving to RBNY keeps Forsberg in the Red Bull football family, which is a smart move by ownership group Red Bull GmbH, if they call pull it off.
Eberl was dismissed shortly after that offer was made, as one of many things ownership did not like about his tenure as sporting director.
Forsberg’s MLS move is not yet confirmed, but reports suggest — including from Fabrizio Romano — that Forsberg is set to join RBNY in January, with a four-year contract on the table.
Since joining Leipzig in 2015, Forsberg has become a key player, helping the team earn promotion to the Bundesliga and showcasing his skills as a creative midfielder. Despite receiving interest from other clubs, Forsberg has remained loyal to Leipzig. But as his playing time has decreased in recent seasons, making a MLS move should give him more minutes, and he wouldn’t have to update his banking details with his employer. Major win.
On Tuesday, the New York Red Bulls announced that head coach Troy Lesesne and sporting director Denis Hamlett had left the club. Lesesne’s contract will not be renewed, and assistant coach Zach Prince had also been dismissed. The Red Bulls will now be searching for their 20th coach in 29 seasons. And you thought Toronto FC went through coaches quickly…
This year, a total of 11 out of the 29 MLS teams have made changes to their coaching staff.
Hamlett, who had been with RBNY for seven seasons, left in what the Red Bulls described as a mutual decision.
Lesesne took over as head coach on May 8, replacing Gerhard Struber. At the time, the team was in last place with one win, four losses, and six draws. Under Lesesne’s guidance, the Red Bulls managed to secure a playoff spot by finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference with 11 wins, 10 draws, and 13 losses. They won the wild card round against Charlotte FC but were eliminated by FC Cincinnati in the first round.
While TFC lack a multi-national soccer empire-building ownership group, the one thing TFC have over RBNY is pretty satisfying: the New York Red Bulls have never won an MLS Cup title.