Preston Burpo named Red Bulls Goalkeeper Coach

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by RUSS McKENZIE

The Chivas USA reunion at Harrison, N.J. continues.

Former MLS goalkeeper Preston Burpo has been named the new goalkeeper coach of the New York Red Bulls. Burpo is reunited with Marsch whom he served under at the Montreal Impact in 2012. Burpo also was goalkeeper coach in 2013 and 2014 for DC United, where he coached 2014 goalkeeper of the year Bill Hamid.

“I’d like to thank the Red Bulls organization for giving me this opportunity,” said Burpo on Monday. “I’m excited to get to work with a great group of guys here, and to have the opportunity to contribute to the success of this team.”

As a goalkeeper, Burpo made 59 career appearances, 22 of them playing alongside Marsch and Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan. On the collegiate level, Burpo currently sits 8th on Southern New Hampshire University’s career shut outs list with 17.

If Burpo’s name sounds familiar to Red Bulls fans, it should. He was connected to the Red Bulls goalkeeping job last season during the transition to the Curtis, Marsch era. More notable, however, is the memory of a gruesome injury suffered in a collision with then-Red Bulls midfielder Dane Richards, resulting in a clean break of his shin bone back in 2010.

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