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Schopp Calls It A Career

Posted on 19 December 2007 by Nathaniel E. Baker

One guy who won’t be back in a (New York or Salzburg) Red Bulls jersey next year is Markus Schopp. The 33 year-old announced his retirement Tuesday, according to Austrian media reports (German-language only). Chronic back problems are cited as the cause. The former Austrian international (56 caps) only played in a handful of Red Bulls games in 2007 and seven total since 2006. Apparently the astroturf (or whatever it’s called now) didn’t help matters. “It was like concrete,” he told the Wiener Zeitung.

Schopp had a pretty long, successful professional career. He came up through the Sturm Graz youth system and broke into the first team in 1991. He switched to Bundesliga side Hamburg SV in 1996, returning to Austria two years later. His biggest successes came in ’98 and ’99 when he captained the Austrian national team at the World Cup in France and made the UEFA Champions League with his club side. He was signed by Brescia in 2001, returning to Austria–this time to Red Bull Salzburg in 2005. He joined the New York team the following year after a falling out with Salzburg coach Giovanni Trappatoni.

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New Red Bulls Head Coach Osorio Ready For 'Intense' Challenge

Posted on 18 December 2007 by ASN Staff

The New York Red Bulls today officially introduced their new head coach Juan Carlos Osorio at a press conference in New York’s Hotel Gansevoort. The now ex-coach of the Chicago Fire seemed genuinely happy to be here and presented himself as ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work. “It is without a doubt one of the proudest moments for me, to be back in New York,” Osorio said. “The magnitude of the challenge is intense…but I can promise all of my efforts.”

A good deal of the press conference centered on what had transpired between the Fire and Red Bulls and internally at Chicago for the deal to happen. Osorio only spent a few months with Chicago and was under contract through next season (if not longer. Not sure of the specifics). Red Bulls Managing Director Mark de Grandpre said he first contacted Chicago President John Guppy about Osorio in November and was initially rebuffed. Osorio, determined to at least interview with de Grandpre, sought out Guppy himself. “I told him I wanted to pursue it–I kept saying I needed to go,” the Colombian recalled. I’m told family considerations played heavily into his decision.

De Grandpre said the two clubs eventually agreed to a compensation arrangement where the Fire get New York’s first round draft pick at next month’s SuperDraft as well as unspecified “financial considerations.”. De Grandpre said he interviewed three other candidates but that Jeff Agoos pushed for Osorio. Goose was the team’s technical director under Bruce Arena but is now in a position to become its sporting director. De Grandpre said this decision “is not final but Jeff has impressed me a great deal.” In other words: expect Goose to be the sporting director at next month’s draft.

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