Jesse Marsch is slowly building his staff in New York. This time he has added a former teammate.
On Thursday, the Red Bulls announced the addition of former MLS and USMNT star Chris Armas to their coaching staff. Armas will serve as an assistant to Marsch.
"Chris is a man I know well and that I grew up with in this league," Marsch in a club statement. "He sees and understands the game at a high level. I think his experiences as a player are invaluable, and his attitude towards competition and style of play are in line with the environment we are building here."
Armas played in 264 MLS regular-season games and 37 more in the playoffs, winning the 1998 MLS Cup, four Lamar Hunt US Open Cup titles and an MLS Supporters' Shield. All of those titles except the 2006 Open Cup came as a teammate of Marsch. Captaining the side from 2003-07, Armas was named an MLS All-Star six times and was voted team MVP in 2003.
He was also named US Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year in 2000. After the Fire's double-winning campaign in 1998, Armas became a regular for the US national team, cracking the lineup just after the 1998 World Cup and missing out on the 2002 World Cup only due to injury. In all, Armas earned 66 caps for the United States.
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Armas is expected to join the team in Bradenton, Florida, where the Red Bulls are training and competing in the IMG Suncoast Pro Classic.