Friday February 27th, 2015

The New York Red Bulls have hired former MLS player and United States men's national team member Chris Armas as an assistant coach, the club announced on Thursday.

Armas will assist Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch.

"Chris is a man I know well, and that I grew up with in this league," said Marsch. "He sees and understands the game at a high level. I think his experiences as a player are invaluable, and his attitude towards competition and style of play are in-line with the environment we are building here."

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Armas played for the USMNT from 1998 to 2005 and in the MLS from 1996 to 2007. He is one of just four players in the league to earn MLS Best XI honors five times.

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"Chris knows what it takes to win in this league," said Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis, "but more importantly, he understands how to take everything he’s learned in his career and transfer that knowledge to develop players and maximize their potential. We believe he’ll fit well with our group given his acumen, experience and work ethic. We are elated that we are able to strengthen the club with the addition of Chris."

Armas, who spent most of his MLS career with the Chicago Fire, was a six-time MLS all-star, four-time Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup winner and won the Supporters Shield and MLS Cup once. 

He served as an assistant coach with the Fire in 2008 and was the head coach of the women's soccer team at Adelphi University from 2011 to 2014.

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