by Anthony J. Merced
New York Red Bulls have named Sandro Schwarz as the team's newest head coach. The former Bundesliga coach will bring his expertise from Mainz and Hertha Berlin to MLS and the New York Red Bulls in 2024.
"Sandro is a great leader that fits our culture and his head coaching experience fits with what we are trying to accomplish," said Head of Sport Jochen Schneider. "We are excited to get him here and begin work towards success in 2024."
Schwarz worked his way up both the playing and coaching ranks where he became the Mainz Bundesliga coach in 2017. From there he moved on to Dynamo Moscow in 2019 where he led the club to their first top three finish in nearly two decades. He returned to the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin and stood with the team until departing in April of 2023.
"I have a lot of motivation to accomplish many great things with this club," said Schwarz. "I am excited to get to work for the upcoming season."
Schwarz follows a trend for Red Bulls where they pull younger and more dynamic coaches for their teams. While it isn't always a success, it follows a course where the team focuses on exciting football with dynamic player implementation as a top priority. Schwarz coming from a club like Mainz shows that and his success in Moscow could foreshadow his ability to push the team forward with ownership investment.
The club is expected to announce player signings soon that will influence how Schwarz will play in 2024. It will be the highest profile club the German coach has managed. Expectations will also be high as the club looks to rebound from one of their worst seasons in the last 15 years.