The 300-page plan may be finding a home in an Eastern Conference rival as rumors are abound that ex-Red Bulls Sporting Director Ali Curtis has interviewed with the Columbus Crew SC.
First reported by The Athletic, the move would solidify one major position that was vacated with the departure of head coach Gregg Berhalter to the US Men’s National Team. Berhalter had occupied not just the head coaching job, but also the Sporting Director position. Curtis, who is one of the architects of the current New York Red Bulls structure from both the MLS and USL levels, may be just what the team needs.
Curtis isn’t the only name being thrown around either. Former LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena has also shown interest in the job according to reports. Arena has been invisible since the disastrous USMNT failure to qualify for the 2017 World Cup. He left a cushy position with the Galaxy to take that job after having won three MLS Cups with an impressive core of players.
What Curtis brings to the table isn’t just his recent two-season success story with the Red Bulls but also a working knowledge of MLS machinations like no other. He was able to rebuild a Red Bulls team by taking advantage of allocation money, designated player rules and even hired head coach Jesse Marsch.
His work with the USL team also produced the first professional championship for the organization in 2016 and produced players such as Alex Muyl, Tyler Adams and Derrick Etienne Jr.