SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Jeff Agoos was hired as the sporting director of the New York Red Bulls on Monday, succeeding Bruce Arena.
Arena resigned as the Major League Soccer franchise's coach and sporting director in early November after the team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight season.
Agoos, who had been the team's technical director since last January, will direct scouting, manage the organization's youth developmental system and work with new coach Juan Carlos Osorio in what is basically a general manager's role.
"Over the course of his career, Jeff has been a part of five championship teams at the professional level; he undoubtedly knows what it takes to establish a winning culture within a team," managing director Marc de Grandpre said.
Agoos, 39, was part of five MLS Cup championship teams (D.C. United: '96, '97, '99, San Jose: '01, '03). He was also a nine-time MLS All-Star.
"I look forward to working on the challenges in laying the groundwork for Red Bull New York and moving toward our goal of winning silverware," Agoos said.
On the international level, the University of Virginia player was a member of the 1998 and 2002 U.S. World Cup squads.
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