Major League Soccer's final head coaching vacancy has been filled, according to a report from Soccer By Ives.
On Monday morning, Ives Galarcep reported that former Videoton, Leicester City, QPR and Swansea City manager Paulo Sousa had accepted the New York Red Bulls' top post, with an official announcement to come later in the week. According to Galarcep, current US Soccer youth technical director and former Red Bulls star Claudio Reyna has also been offered a position as Sousa's top assistant.
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, the Red Bulls declined to comment on the report.
Sousa recently resigned from his managerial post at Videoton in the Hungarian first division for "family reasons," and has been linked to the New York job since ESPN's Alexi Lalas reported that former Portuguese international was "a good bet to be the next coach of the New York Red Bulls" on Jan. 5.
At one time, former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister had been the favorite to land the job, with fellow Scotsman and New York sporting director Andy Roxburgh and Red Bulls head of global soccer Gérard Houllier the men pulling the strings behind the scenes. Those rumors appear to have been premature, however, with the Portuguese manager now clearly the favorite to lead the club in 2013 after Hans Backe was allowed to leave this offseason.