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Mo Johnson to stay on as NYRed Bulls Coach, NYRed Bulls deal for Haitian Jean Philippe Peguero & Marc De Grandpre named as Managing Director.
April 20, 2006

Red Bull New York announced today that Marc De Grandpre will assume the role of Managing Director of Red Bull New York, effective immediately. De Grandpre replaces Alexi Lalas who recently resigned from his position with the club for the President and General Manager post with the L.A. Galaxy.

De Grandpre has been with Red Bull North America for more than seven years as the Director of Field Marketing where he oversaw all marketing activities for the company's East region. He played an instrumental role in the successful acquisition and re-branding of the New York Red Bulls after the team was purchased in March and will work closely with FC Red Bull Salzburg on collaborative activities planned for the future.

"Over the past two months, I've had an opportunity to really get to know this club and am thrilled to help take it to the next level," said De Grandpre.

The new structure for the organization is two-pronged: De Grandpre will run all of the business and commercial aspects of the team, and a soon-to-be-announced Director of Soccer Operations will be responsible for all coaches, players, travel, and training related aspects.

Mo Johnston will stay in place as the head coach and will report to De Grandpre, until the Director of Soccer Operations is named, at which point Johnston will report to the Director of Soccer Operations.

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De Grandpre will oversee all business and commercial aspects of the team while a yet-to-be named director of soccer operations will handle all team issues, including coaches, players, travel and training-related issues.

"Over the past two months I've had an opportunity to really get to know this club and am thrilled to help take it to the next level," De Grandpre said in a statement released by the team.

De Grandpre has spent more than seven years with Red Bull North America as Director of Field Marketing. The press release announcing his appointment did not list any soccer management experience for the 32-year-old.

Red Bull is expected to name the director of soccer operations soon, and former Cosmos goalkeeper and current television commentator Shep Messing has been linked as a candidate for the position. According to sources within MLS, former Cosmos star Giorgio Chinaglia is not a candidate for the position. Chinaglia had been linked in recent weeks to a high-level position with the club.

Thursday's announcements mean Johnston will be on the sideline Saturday, but it does not guarantee his future with the club much beyond that. The team's new director of soccer operations will have the authority to replace Johnston unless they choose to retain him.

Johnston's future with the club was in serious doubt after Red Bull officials blocked a trade Johnston thought he had completed with Colorado Rapids on Wednesday. The Red Bulls were set to acquire Haitian forward Jean-Philippe Peguero from the Rapids for Brazilian reserve forward Thiago Martins, but Red Bull blocked the deal. It is unclear whether the teams will re-open talks once a director of soccer operations is named.

"We had done a trade but it was pulled from us at the last minute," said Johnston. "I don't think it can get done now and it was done before Red Bull pulled the plug."

The uncertainty surrounding Johnston's future has served as a major distraction for a Red Bulls team still searching for its first victory.

"It is like having two opponents to play against," said Red Bulls midfielder Amado Guevara. "There is the opponent on the field and then there are the distractions off the field."

"Every day is not the same thing here," said Red Bulls forward Youri Djorkaeff. "Turf, no turf, coach, no coach, general manager, no general manager. You can never be surprised here. You must always be ready."

Thursday's announcements came just four days after former Red Bulls president Alexi Lalas resigned to take a similar position with the Los Angeles Galaxy.

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IN AGREEMENT:Red Bulls agree to deal Martin to Rapids for Jean Philipe Peguero, look to send Arvizu, Danilo west

April 21, 2006
By Michael Lewis and Dylan Butler
BigAppleSoccer.com Editors

The New York Red Bulls have agreed to trade forward Thiago Martins to the Colorado Rapids for Haitian international forward Jean Philippe (Pedro) Peguero, according to knowledgeable MLS sources.

The deal also would include the Red Bulls sending to the Rapids a first-round pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and a third-round choice, sources said. That third-round pick is conditional. If Peguero does well, it could be upgraded to a second-round selection, sources said.

Given the events of the past week and month, this deal still could unravel for several reasons:

* The trade is contingent on another move the Red Bulls want to make with an MLS club, sources close to the team said on Friday. That deal would send U.S. Under-17 forward David Arvizu and Danilo to either C.D. Chivas or the Los Angeles Galaxy for draft picks, sources around the league said. Chivas coach Bob Bradley, who directed the MetroStars last year, is said to covet Arvizu.

* The Peguero deal is subject to league approval, sources said.

* And it is not known whether Red Bull New York officials have given their stamp of approval on the deal.

The Red Bulls and Rapids talked about a possible deal in late March, but it fell through.

Peguero, 24, who has appeared 10 times for the Haitian National Team, scored seven goals and assisted on six others for the Rapids last season. He converted the winning penalty kick in the shootout against F.C. Dallas to boost the Rapids into the Western Conference final.

The 6-2, 185-pound Peguero scored the first goal for Haiti -- a penalty kick -- in the first-leg of its aggregate goals World Cup qualifying series. Haiti defeated the Turks and Caicos Islands, 5-0.

On Feb. 8, the Red Bulls, then known as the MetroStars won the weighted lottery for the rights to Arvizu. Arvizu joined Generation Adidas aftera breakout year with the U.S. U-17s, finishing tied for fourth with eight goals and six assists, including two goals in 13 international appearances.