Rough Riders Alum Chris Armas Named Leeds United Assistant Coach

Written by Michael Lewis

Former Long Island Rough Riders standout Chris Armas has been reunited with his one-time New York Red Bulls coach, Jesse Marsch.

Leeds United named the Brentwood, N.Y. native as an assistant head coach at Leeds United, it was announced on Wednesday.

Armas, 50, is subject to obtaining a work permit, although he is expected to be in the dugout for Leeds’ FA Cup fourth-round match at Accrington on Saturday.

“I’m delighted to welcome Chris to Leeds United,” Marsch said in a statement. He will be a fantastic addition to the staff.

“He brings a wealth of experience from across the world and, having worked closely with him previously, I am sure he will help us to improve every day.”

Armas, who played for the Rough Riders for two seasons (1994-95), was an important member of the squad that captured the 1995 U.S. Interregional Soccer League crown.

He was Marsch’s assistant at the Red Bulls from 2015-18 before becoming head coach when the latter departed to RB Leipzig. He was fired late in the 2020 MLS season. Armas also guided Toronto FC for a while.

Armas teamed up with Rangnick at Manchester United in December 2021 and left at the end of the 2021-22 season before Erik ten Hag took over.

“We always have constant ideas to improve the team around Jesse and with Chris it is a perfect fit, they have both worked together in the past and he has experience of working in the Premier League,” Leeds United director of football Victor Orta said in a statement.

“Chris was one of the best ever players in the history of the United States and his determination and skills will add value to our club and we are really happy he has joined us.”

Leeds (4-9-6, 18 points) is in 15th place in the English Premier League, one point ahead of the relegation zone.

Armas, who made 66 international appearances for the U.S. men’s national team, played with the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.

A graduate of Adelphi University, Armas also coached the Panthers’ women’s team before he joined the Red Bulls.


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