(photo by Matt Kremkau)
Gerhard Struber is expanding his coaching staff with the announcement of Jyri Nieminen as the team's new goalkeeping coach. The experienced coach has plied his craft with teams both abroad as well as in MLS.
"As soon as the opportunity to join RBNY appeared, I knew that I would do all I can to get the position," said Nieminen. "I see it as a perfect place to learn and be successful. I can't wait to get the work started with this dynamic and energetic staff and, even more than that, to get on the field with the players."
Nieminen has spent his most recent coaching time with the Orlando Pirates in South Africa. Before that he spent two seasons with the San Jose Earthquakes, making him an experienced coach in what the expectations are for goalkeepers in the league. Both Ryan Meara and David Jensen have significant experience both in years prior as well as in 2020, making it a fitting selection for the coaching staff.
The move is expected as Struber puts together the staff that will guide the MLS squad into a highly anticipated 2021 campaign. While the team did slip in the standings, they still remained a playoff club, their 11th straight season doing so. Struber will be expected to expand on recent success and accomplish what the team has yet to do, win an MLS Cup.
"Jyri will drive the development of our goalkeepers with his expertise and experience," said Struber. "His approach is very future oriented and promising."
Next week will be the first significant date for the Red Bulls with the MLS SuperDraft taking place on Thursday January 21st.