May 24, 2007
More upheaval in Red Bulls youth program

First the Red Bulls fired someone who had turned their youth program into one of the league's best. Then they hired someone whom their club had already once fired. So they had to fire him:

Despite having established a reputation as the leading youth program in MLS, the New York Red Bulls inexplicably fired its youth development director, Giovanni Savarese, last March. Savarese, the most popular player in New York Red Bull (nee MetroStars) history, had deep roots in the Tri-State area, is a former Venezuelan national team player, and played professionally in Britain and Italy in addition to MLS and USL ball. In early May, the Red Bulls hired Armen Simoniants as youth director to "move the program in a new direction." But two weeks later the Red Bulls were informed by the Herald News that the Simoniants' resume included "false or inaccurate information." Among the discrepancies that the Red Bulls apparently didn't notice: Simoniants was not the head coach of the MetroStars reserve team in 2000-03. Moreover, the Herald News discovered that he had been fired by the MetroStars as the reserve team's assistant coach. Ives Galarcep's article in the Herald News quotes from the team's internal memo regarding his performance during his first tenure with the club. The Red Bulls fired Simoniants on May 22.

Click HERE for the Herald News article.