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MLS Franchise Notes: Red Bulls To Undergo Management Shake-Up

In N.Y., Jack Bell reported the MLS Red Bulls are "bracing for a management overhaul that will try to bring accountability and a discernible identity to a club that has had neither during its 14 years." The two parts of the organization -- one in Austria led by Red Bull Managing Dir for Soccer Markus Egger and another in the U.S. led by Red Bulls Managing Dir Erik Stover -- are "engaged in an international search for a new sporting director and coach." While Egger is "working with a short list in Europe, the names of several possible sporting directors have emerged." The list includes Cal State Univ.-Los Angeles women's soccer coach Chris Chamides, who "helped build the first incarnation" of the MLS Earthquakes; MLS/SUM Senior VP/Strategic Business Development Nelson Rodriguez; MLS Rapids VP/Finance Charlie Wright; "and possibly" former Hamburg SV Sporting Dir Dietmar Beiersdorfer (N.Y. TIMES, 9/1).

KICKING IT UP A NOTCH: In Salt Lake City, Michael Lewis noted until its last home game, Real Salt Lake (RSL) was "among just three teams" in MLS that had "enjoyed an attendance increase from last season." The team now is averaging 16,091 fans and is "almost exactly dead-even with last season's pace." But RSL is "giving away far fewer tickets than it once did, leading to about" a 30% increase in ticket revenue "despite the nearly identical attendance figures." The team "plans to revise certain undisclosed aspects of its season-ticket packages for next season, to better appeal to fans and hopefully stoke sales" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 9/1).

OUT OF THIS WORLD: The N.Y. TIMES' Bell reported the NASL New York Cosmos' "trademark, video library, trophies, everything" were "sold in a multimillion-dollar deal" to former EPL club Tottenham Vice Chair Paul Kemsley. Kemsley: "I have nothing to say right now. In due course, I will. I will say that I didn't buy the whole company to not do something exciting with it in the future" (N.Y. TIMES, 9/1).

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