Tim Polzer
Wednesday January 16th, 2013

New Red Bulls coach Paulo Sousa was a member of the Portuguese Golden Generation. (EuroFootball/Getty Images) New Red Bulls coach Paulo Sousa was a member of the Portuguese Golden Generation. (EuroFootball/Getty Images)

Paulo Sousa has agreed to become head coach of the New York Red Bulls, according to a person familiar with the situation per the Associated Press.

The person told the AP that Sousa's appointment is due to be announced by the end of the week. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the situation publicly.

The Red Bulls' decision to offer the job to Sousa was first reported by SoccerByIves.

The Red Bulls have been searching for a new head coach after deciding not to renew Hans Backe's contract in November.

Sousa, a former Portugal national star at midfield, has managed British clubs Queens Park Rangers, Swansea and Leicester. He left Hungarian club Videoton last week citing family reasons. He won professional titles while playing for Benfica, Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

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