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Red Bulls Name Sporting Director in Julian de Guzman

by Anthony J. Merced

The search for a Sporting Director has ended as New York Red Bulls announce the signing of Julian de Guzman on Friday afternoon. The team has been looking to fill the position since the departure of Denis Hamlett at the end of the 2023 season.

"The New York Red Bulls have an exemplary model of soccer in North America," said de Guzman. "I am very motivated to achieve great things with this team. I can't wait to be a part of the family."

De Guzman joins the Red Bulls after a stint with Simcoe Rovers County FC where he was the founder and managing partner of the Ontario based club. Previous to that he was the General Manager of Ottawa Fury, a team that found success both in the NASL and USL Championship before joining the Canadian Premier League in 2019. 

His experience goes beyond the front office as he was a Designated Player for Toronto FC in 2009, making him the first Canadian to have that honor for the MLS franchise. His experience also took him to Germany with Hannover and Saarbrucken as a player. 

De Guzman joins as the club is looking to flesh out their roster before the start of the 2024 season. Thus far they have added Emil Forsberg and Noah Eile while losing Tom Barlow, Omir Fernandez and Luquinhas to name a few. The team will be traveling to California for the final leg of preseason with expectations of potential signings before the team returns. 


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