Red Bulls cut ties with coach Hans Backe

Red Bulls cut ties with coach Hans Backe
November 9, 2012, 5:33 pm
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New York Red Bulls forward Kenny Cooper, left, battles for control of the ball with DC United defender Dejan Jakovic during the second half of an MLS Eastern Conference semifinal playoff soccer game on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, in Harrison, N.J. DC United defeated the Red Bulls, 1-0 to advance to the next round. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)


HARRISON, N.J. (AP) The New York Red Bulls cut ties with coach Hans Backe on Friday, saying they won't extend his expiring contract.

A day after they were eliminated from the MLS playoffs, the Red Bulls also hired Andy Roxburgh as sporting director, said Mike Petke will coach the club on an interim basis, and announced that they won't extend assistant coach Jan Halvor Halvorsen's contract.

D.C. United eliminated the Red Bulls on Thursday night, beating New York 1-0 for a 2-1 victory in the two-game, total-goals series. New York tied for third in the Eastern Conference at 16-9-9 in its third season under Backe, the Swede who coached Copenhagen and Aalborg to four Danish titles.

Roxburgh is the former national team manager of Scotland and technical director of the European soccer confederation. He will be responsible for all soccer activities.