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Sources: Chris Armas to be named new Red Bulls coach as Jesse Marsch moves to Red Bull Salzburg

5:56 AM SGT 12/1/17
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The New York Red Bulls are shaking up their coaching staff as Marsch heads to Europe after two years in charge, sources confirmed to Goal.

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — The New York Red Bulls have been one of the best teams in MLS during Jesse Marsch's two-year stint as head coach, and his work with the MLS club has impressed the parent club at Red Bull Salzburg enough to bring him to Europe.

Marsch is set to join Red Bull Salzburg as manager, with assistant coach and former U.S. national team midfielder Chris Armas lined up as his Red Bulls replacement, sources have confirmed to Goal. The Red Bulls are also going to promote assistant coach Denis Hamlett to technical director. Sporting director Ali Curtis was seen Wednesday at the MLS combine but declined to comment on the ongoing changes at the club.

Marsch was noticeably absent from the combine this week, as he was in Europe negotiating his move. He will leave the Red Bulls to replace Oscar Garcia Junyent as Red Bull Salzburg manager, with Junyent in the running for multiple jobs in Europe. was the first to report Wednesday that Marsch was in negotiations to manage Red Bull Salzburg.

The position would be Armas' first professional head coaching job. He joined Marsch's coaching staff in 2015 after a stint as coach of the Adelphi University women's team. A highly regarded coaching prospect who sources tell Goal once turned down an opportunity to coach the Chicago Fire, Armas is the third Red Bulls coach in three years, with Marsch having replaced former New York boss Mike Petke in abrupt fashion following the 2014 MLS season.

Hamlett would join the Red Bulls' front office after a lengthy career as both an assistant coach and head coach in MLS. A former member of Bob Bradley's coaching staff with the Chicago Fire, Hamlett spent two seasons as head coach of the Fire, leading them to the playoffs each season, before being let go. He joined Marsch's coaching staff with the Montreal Impact before reuniting with him at the Red Bulls.