The New York Red Bulls mutually parted ways with head coach Gerhard Struber on Monday after a 1-4-6 start to the 2023 MLS season.
Assistant coach Bernd Ebler also left the club and assistant coach Troy Lessen took over as interim coach at the end of the season.
The Red Bulls have scored the second-fewest goals in the league (seven) and are in last place in the Eastern Conference.
“We thank Gerhard and Bernd for their work and commitment to our club and wish them well in their next endeavours,” RBNY Head of Sport Jochen Schneider said in a statement. “I would especially like to thank Gerhard for his dedication to this club and the personal sacrifices he has made, especially being away from his family. He has led our players through tough times, keeping everyone in good spirits as we continue our playoff streak. gave
“After many discussions with Gerhard over the last few weeks, we have come to a mutual agreement that a change now would be beneficial for both parties.”
Struber, 46, was hired on October 6, 2020 and guided the Red Bulls to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2021 and 2022. He departed with a 33-31-23 record in all competitions
“I enjoyed my time at the New York Red Bulls,” Struber said, “It was also clear to me that I wanted to return to Europe at the end of the season. It was extremely difficult for me to live here, completely without my family. I made the club my We had already communicated our wishes and we had come to an agreement to separate.
“I wish the organization and players the best of luck moving forward. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the players, staff and know the relationships I’ve built will continue. It’s been an honor to lead this club. I know they’re all going to achieve great things in their careers.” .”
Lessen, 39, joined the Red Bulls in January 2022. He previously served as the head coach of New Mexico United from 2018–21 and was named USL Championship Coach of the Year in 2020.
His debut as interim coach will be Saturday night against rival New York City FC at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ.