Red Bulls Name Hamlett Sporting Director

Matt Kremkau

by ANTHONY J. MERCED

The New York Red Bulls filled their vacant sporting director position on Tuesday, naming assistant coach Denis Hamlett as the replacement for Ali Curtis, who departed (officially) in recent weeks.

Hamlett will oversee all aspects of New York’s sporting operations, including player acquisitions, scouting and budgets.

“Denis has vast experience in Major League Soccer and an excellent understanding of our global philosophy,” said Oliver Mintzlaff, Red Bull’s head of global soccer who is based in Salzburg, Austria. “We are confident that Denis has the vision to further our goal of winning MLS Cup.”

Curtis joined the club in 2015 and hired Jesse Marsch as the team’s coach. He also engineered the signing of Sacha Kljestan, Felipe, Mike Grella and Kemar Lawrence, all of whom helped New York secure its second Supporters Shield in three seasons. Curtis was the author of a 300-page plan that was never shared or apparently implemented. He departed amid a swirl of rumors that began when he made an early exit from the MLS Combine and skipped the draft. His split from the club was described cryptically as a mutual parting of the ways.

With Hamlett, who has been involved in the recent scouting and signing of Michael Amir Murillo, now leaping over Marsch in the organizational chart — after serving as his assistant — it is difficult to know who reports to whom.