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This is why the New York Red Bulls can’t have nice things

Oct 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT


It looks as though New York Red Bulls coach is on the Pia Sundhage plan and will return to Sweden after the season. In itself, not much of a surprise.

But, but but: Why now? The timing is strange — okay, bad — given that the New York Red Bulls are trying to qualify for the playoffs, win MLS Cup, and a variety of other things that won’t be helped by distractions.

Backe gave the interview to a Swedish newspaper after telling NYC-based media he wouldn’t comment. If you’re a Hans apologist — really a Hans apologist — you could maybe — maybe — make the argument that he didn’t think news would reach the U.S. That is, of course, ridiculous in this day and age, but not inconceivable that he would think that (or, at least, use it as an excuse).

But there’s a big issue, which is what the heck is going on in New York, and does the management care about this year? The Red Bulls have won just one of their last four and are still not assured of making the playoffs. But the focus seems to be on anything but the soccer being played at Red Bull Arena. If you were a player, how would you feel about getting a new GM and your coach leaving at the end of the year? Distractions much? It’s a squad filled with senior leadership, but they are really going to have to step up to keep the club together.

  1. wesbadia - Oct 11, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Hey, maybe they were told by the league to make as many bone-headed decisions over the next year or so ahead of the NY2 expansion announcement so that all the existing NY fans will get irritated with NYRB and jump ship for NY2.

    I’m being facetious, of course, but ya never know…

    • tylerbetts - Oct 12, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      If it were a league-mandate to have them run so poorly that you couldn’t help but love the other team in the market, wouldn’t MLS just mandate a name change to Chivas NY?

      • wesbadia - Oct 12, 2012 at 11:18 AM

        Red Bulls…

        I rest my case.

  2. packetghost - Oct 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM

    Well, Hans made a tactical error (imagine that) thinking he was off the record in the email he sent, didn’t think it would make it back or just didn’t care. None of them are good reasons. I’ve only been a fan for a few years but I honestly fully know what it means “that’s so Metro”.

  3. pmacd82 - Oct 12, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    Is it really anymore egregious than DeBontin throwing Backe under the bus a week ago? Hans is just saying what everyone knows is gonna happen thanks to the boneheaded timing of these front office moves.

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