A terrible tragedy struck the Red Bull family this weekend as Mike Jones, a 25 year old youth soccer coach in the academy system, we brutally stabbed to death in the Village early Sunday morning.
NBC News provided the gory details. Apparently Jones was left in a pool of his own blood suffering multiple stab wounds. His ear was sliced off as well. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Bellevue hospital.
The Red Bulls issued a statement on the tragedy. “On behalf of the entire organization, we want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Michael’s family, friends and loved ones. He was a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us.”
To clarify, Jones is a Liverpool native and is of no relation to the former Red Bulls defender.
Surveillance video of the tragedy identifies the alleged attacker, described as hispanic between the ages of 25-30 years of age. EoS has posted the film above. If you have any information on the attacker, contact your local police department.
Here are some other headlines making the round in our New York minute.
- The morning buzz is that Jozy Altidore may be left off of a crucial set of World Cup Qualifiers that will determine the USMNT’s fate. The red hot AZ striker sent out a tweet indicating he would join his Dutch teammates for an event on the eve of the USMNT’s training this week. Ives has the details on SBI.
- Jurgen Klinsmann is set to release the USMNT roster at 3pm this afternoon.
- Landon Donovan left this weeks RSL clash with a terrible limp. Reports cite a knee injury, making him questionable for the remaining USMNT qualifiers.
- New Red Bulls GM Jerome de Bontin met with reporters prior to the Chicago Fire match. Here is an interview from the Red Bulls website where he speaks about his desire to turn “this franchise into the top soccer organization in North America.” CLICK THE LINK.
- Thank to a win against the Red Bulls and a Columbus draw, the Chicago Fire have no clinched their playoff spot. Four teams in the East hunt.
- Chris Wondolowski’s hat trick this weekend puts him within two goals of Roy Lassiter’s long standing 27 goal single season record.
- And I wrap up with this. Last night, I was lucky enough to have attended the Sounders v Timbers clasico and it was quite the experience. Seattle took home a 3-0 victory that brought Sigi Schmid to near tears in the post game press conference. Take a look at the touching TIFO that prompted the Sounders coach to proclaim his love for the Sounders franchise (and for more on the game, check out Jason Mitchell’s piece on SBI)