New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh to leave club
New York Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh will not return next season, the club announced on Monday.
Roxburgh joined the club in 2012 and was in charge of all soccer operations after being the technical director of UEFA. Under his leadership, the Red Bulls won the Supporters' Shield in 2013 for the first time in franchise history.
Roxburgh said he was satisfied with the progress the club made during his two seasons.
"After two wonderful seasons with this great club and with my contract at an end, it is time for me to move on to a new challenge," said Roxburgh. "When I came to New York, I was given the remit of raising professional standards on the sporting side and bringing success on the field. With the support of everyone at the club, I feel that these objectives have been achieved."
Roxburgh's departure is the latest in a string of changes for the Red Bulls. Forward Thierry Henry will not return to the team after playing the last four seasons with the club. The club loaned goalkeeper Ryan Meara to the expansion New York City Football Club, and traded defender Jamison Olave to Real Salt Lake last week.
The Red Bulls also re-signed Bradley Wright-Phillips, who led the league with 27 goals last season, as a designated player.
The Red Bulls finished last season 13-11-10 and in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They upset D.C. United in the playoffs before losing to the New England Revolution in the conference finals.
- Paul Palladino