The New York Red Bulls have become synonymous with curious personnel moves and decisions, and they added another one to the list Tuesday.
The Red Bulls announced that they have ousted Erik Soler from his post as general manager and sporting director, turning business control over to former AS Monaco president Jerome de Bontin and sporting control over to former France, PSG, Lyon, Liverpool and Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier.
According to a team statement, Soler is being retained as "an internal advisor."
While Soler had previously come under fire during his tenure as general manager and sporting director, which lasted just short of three seasons, the timing of the announcement comes as a shock. Just weeks remain in the MLS regular season, and the Red Bulls are closing in on a postseason berth, with the club enjoying a strong regular season on the strength of some of the moves Soler orchestrated during his time as general manager.
New York sits five points behind first-place Sporting Kansas City in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-8-8.
Soler becomes the second high-ranking official to be let go from the Red Bulls this season after president of business operations Chris Heck was ousted this summer.