Thursday, September 24, 2009
Williams states his case with victories
Could Richie Williams be the answer for the Red Bulls? He has a 6-4-2 record as the interm head coach, and as Kristian Dyer reports, Williams is certainly making a case for himself.
Too bad the Red Bulls probably will deem it fitting to bring in a "name" European coach to take over the team next season. After all, this is a Red Bulls franchise that has poured nearly $300 million dollars into the team in just four years of ownership. Williams, despite the fact that he never played overseas, is the perfect fit. The Red Bulls seem bent on bringing in current Portugal national team manager Carlos Queiroz to take over the job -- he who led the MetroStars into the playoffs in 1996.
But Williams has the right experience for the job.
All told, Williams appeared 20 times with the national team, providing a tough presence as a no-nonsense, physical midfielder. After eight years in the league -- Williams began play during MLS's inaugural season in 1996 -- he moved to his alma mater, Virginia, for a stint as an assistant coach. In 2006, he joined first-year coach Mo Johnston with the Red Bulls. By June, he was named interim head coach, and he returned to his assistant role when Bruce Arena was named to the head-coach position in August. Since then, Williams has assisted Arena and more recently the disastrous Juan Carlos Osorio.
And now it's his time to shine.
Williams has been a success everywhere he has been, from his youth career in New Jersey, to his collegiate career at the University of Virginia, to his professional career with DC United and the US National team. Maybe it is his chance to prove that he can find that same success as a head coach.
Posted by Mike Jacobs at 12:37 PM