Late last night, the New York Red Bulls announced they parted ways with Academy Director David Longwell. Longwell arrived from Orlando City and held the position for 15 months before the announcement last night.
New York Red Bull Part way with Academy Director David Longwell
The club issued a short statement with Hamlet saying, “We thank David for his contributions, but we have decided to part ways,” Hamlet continued to say, “I will continue to oversee our academy operations and we will have an announcement on a new academy director shortly. Developing players in the Tri-state area and providing opportunities to Homegrown players continue to remain a top priority for our club.”
This news definitely comes as a surprise. Due to the short nature of the tenure, it is hard to really judge the impact he made, if any. While results this season have been not been quite at the high standard set for the Academy, there probably was a philosophical difference between the two parties. Hopefully, the club moves quickly to fill the position.