Manchester United add former Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas to their coaching staff
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom – Manchester United have confirmed that former Toronto FC head coach Chris Armas has joined the squad of interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick and Armas have worked together in Red Bull’s global football network, which has teams around the world. Armas was an assistant coach of the New York Red Bulls under Jesse Marsch when he and Rangnick, who became head of world football for Red Bull, first met five years ago.
“Since then, we’ve met quite frequently,” Rangnick said on Tuesday.
“(Armas) can hopefully join us in our squad over the next two days,” he said at a pre-match press conference ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against the Young Boys of Berne at Old Trafford.
Armas will be assistant coach under Rangnick.
Armas was fired on July 4 after a 1-8-2 start to his first season at the helm of TFC. He was sacked a day after a humiliating 7-1 loss to DC United. Assistant coach Javier Perez took over for the remainder of the season before Bob Bradley was appointed head coach and athletic director at the end of the season.
Rangnick also hired sports psychologist Sascha Lense, who worked with him at Schalke and Red Bull Leipzig in Germany.
Armas was named Toronto’s 10th head coach in January, succeeding Greg Vanney, who now heads the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Armas, an elite defensive midfielder during a 12-year playing career with the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Chicago Fire, was fired as a head coach by the Red Bulls in September 2020 with the ‘team at 3-4-2.
After succeeding Marsch as head coach of the Red Bulls in July 2018, Armas led the team on a 12-3-3 course to win the 2018 Fan Shield. His overall record with New York was of 33-27-11 in all competitions.
Armas had previously been the Red Bulls’ assistant coach for three and a half seasons, including two as senior assistant in charge of the New York attack.
The Galaxy drafted Armas seventh in the 1996 MLS Extra Draft. That same year, Los Angeles selected Vanney 17th overall in the inaugural MLS College Draft.
Armas, a former Long Island Rough Rider, spent two seasons in Los Angeles before being traded to the Chicago Fire before their 1998 debut campaign. He helped the Fire win the MLS Cup and the US Open Cup that year. -the.
He was named to the MLS Best XI from 1998 to 2001 before being sidelined with a knee injury. He returned in 2003, winning MLS Comeback Player of the Year and MLS Best XI honors.
Armas, who captained Chicago from 2003 to 2007, played 264 regular season games in MLS (260 starts) with two goals and 48 assists. He retired at the end of the 2007 season.
Internationally, Armas won 66 caps for the United States and was named US Soccer Male Athlete of the Year in 2000.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 7, 2021
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