With three weeks left in a season during which he acquired former U.S. internationals Kenny Cooper and Heath Pearce, rugged Colombian defender Wilman Conde, skilled French attacker Sebastien Le Toux, and former Everton star Tim Cahill, Erik Soler has been dismissed as Red Bull New York’s General Manager and Sporting Director, the team announced today.
Soler, who will remain with the club as an “internal advisor,” has been replaced by Jerome de Bontin, former President of AS Monaco. Ex-Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has been Red Bull’s Head of Global Soccer since July, and, according to the club’s release, “will oversee all sporting aspects of the team.”
There’s obviously more to come from this one (Soler’s Twitter account was suspended today). There’s no way the team makes this move at this time, with the playoffs fast approaching, unless some internal issue came to a head. Stay tuned.
In any event, this episode lengthens RBNY’s already substantial lead on the pack in the race for most dysfunctional franchise in MLS history.