Thursday, January 21, 2010

Backe's Reference Point

New Red Bulls head coach Hans Backe feels that he has a reference point that he can draw from that will help him to adjust to the American game in Major League Soccer, where other foreign-born managers have failed before him.

At his first official press conference, Backe, 57, pointed out he'd been working for clubs with limited resources and modest budgets, restrictions that have helped propel many foreign coaches out of MLS. At the SuperDraft, he noted another similarity between his past and present.

"I was surprised," he said. "It's a physical league with pace. OK, some teams are possession teams, like Chivas, but most of the teams are physical teams, similar to the Scandinavian teams in a way.

"I saw 20 or 30 games during the Mexico time, Interliga, SuperLiga, so I've seen a lot of MLS teams, not against each other but against the Mexican teams. I know rather well the level."

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