EoS can independently confirm this mornings report linking Claudio Reyna to a possible move back to New York as an assistant coach.
The 39 year old American Hall of Famer has a respected resume which includes a memorable run with Glasgow Rangers of the SPL, stints with Sunderland, Wolfsburg and the distinction of being named to the 2002 All World Cup tournament first team; an achievement that was up until that time unmatched by any American in 42 years, and since. His local connections as a native son of New Jersey and his exploits on the international stage only sweeten the pot. The former American midfielder also featured for the Red Bulls in a disappointing stint as the team’s first ever Designated Player.
Reyna has been a familiar face around the Red Bull offices recently. Sources tell us he has history with the key decision maker behind the Red Bulls coaching search, Global Director of Soccer Gerard Houllier, only further solidifying the potential accuracy of the report.
Reyna would join Mike Petke on the staff, which may potentially include three assistants and a goalkeeping coach. Meanwhile, the club continues to target McAllister, but negotiations “are dragging” according to one source. Jesse March, Robin Fraser, Tony Meola and Eric Wynalda have each interviewed for the position but have previously been ruled out.
A second choice candidate remains unclear, but Houllier has reportedly indicated a criteria; ideally, he would like a “hands on” manager to take on a leadership and teaching role with the side.
In other words, more of a trainer than a tactician.
MLS begins their 2013 Combine on Friday, January 11th in preparations for the Superdraft, to be held on the 17th.