The New York Red Bulls named Major League Soccer executive Ali Curtis their sporting director on Tuesday, effective immediately.
The announcement comes eight days after the club revealed Andy Roxburgh will not return next season. Roxburgh joined the club in 2012 and was in charge of all soccer operations.
Curtis will take over those duties, including player acquisition and scouting, overseeing the coaching staff and youth development, and managing the soccer operations budget and salary cap.
Before joining the Red Bulls, Curtis was the Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition, overseeing club budgets and negotiating more than 200 player contracts each year. Over seven seasons, he was also an MLS executive in Player Relations and Competition, and as the Special Assistant to the Office of the Commissioner.
Curtis also played in the MLS after being the second overall pick in the 2001 MLS SuperDraft by the Tampa Bay Mutiny. He played four seasons with the Mutiny, D.C. United and Dallas Burn (now FC Dallas). In four seasons, Curtis played in 65 games (35 starts) and scored nine goals with eight assists.
"We’re very pleased to add Ali to our team ahead of the 2015 season," Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said. "As a former player and league executive, Ali brings a wealth of MLS knowledge to the Sporting Director position and we’re excited to bring him on board."
Before working for MLS, Curtis was an analyst for JP Morgan Chase from 2004-07. He graduated from Duke University after earning the 1999 Hermann Trophy and the 2000 MAC Award as the nation's best soccer player.
- Mike Fiammetta