Former Long Island Rough Riders midfielder Chris Armas has been named head coach of the New York Red Bulls, the Major League Soccer club announced today.
Armas played for the Rough Riders for two seasons, including 1995 when the club won the USISL’s Pro League Championship. Armas was named a USISL All-Star that campaign. He was then selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the inaugural MLS Draft in 1996. Armas played 12 seasons in the MLS, being named a league all-star on six occasions.
“It’s always rewarding to see players come through the Rough Riders system and continue to thrive and find success at the next level,” Rough Riders general manager Pedro Suarez said. “As an organization we pride ourselves on facilitating that advancement pathway and seeing Chris’ promotion to head coach of the Red Bulls only strengthens that commitment.”
The New York native, who retired from playing in 2007, joined the Red Bulls staff in February 2015. Armas, who also previously served as an assistant at the Chicago Fire and head women’s coach at Adelphi University, replaces Jesse Marsch, who is the winningest coach in franchise history after leading New York to a 58-35-25 record in three-and-a-half seasons.
“Chris has emerged as a leader in his own right, and embodies our core values on and off the field,” Red Bulls General Manager Marc de Grandpre said in a release. “We are excited for him to take this opportunity and know he will perfectly represent our club.”