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    Could Arena wind up coaching Red Bulls after Johnston firing?

    Richie Williams
    Richie Williams will mind the store for the Red Bulls while the club searches for a replacement for Mo Johnston.
    -- New York Red Bulls web site photo --
    NEWARK, N.J. (Tuesday. June 27, 2006) -- Coming off possibly the club's worst performance of the year, the New York Red Bulls fired coach Mo Johnston today, replacing him with assistant Richie Williams on an interim basis.

    While the club insists it has not yet contacted anyone about the vacancy, the name Bruce Arena looms large. Arena, who led D.C. United to Major League Soccer's first three championship games, winning two, before taking over the United States men, is mulling his future after nearly eight years on the job and a disappointing first-round elimination in the current World Cup. His contract expires at year's end and an offer for him to become coach and director of soccer operations, another Red Bulls open position, might be attractive.

    "In terms of Bruce, no, we have not spoken to anyone and at this time we are not going to talk about specifics regarding who we will talk to," Red Bulls managing director Marc de Grandpre said.

    The Red Bulls (2-3-7, 13 points) are last in MLS's Eastern Conference following a 2-0 setback Saturday at the Chicago Fire. They are next in action tomorrow night, hosting the Columbus Crew.

    In seven outings this year, New York scored first, but won only one of those contests.

    "The move was made because of results and the performance of the team on the field. And the decision was made late last night," de Grandpre said. "We start to look for a head coach who is going to guide this franchise in the right direction and make sure it's set up for long-term success. And we will not make any short-term decision that might jeopardize the long-term success of this company. . .

    "We are a results-driven company and that's what today's decision is based on. Having only two wins through 12 games is unacceptable for our organization and above all else, our fans."

    In another move today, New York acquired defender Todd Dunivant from the Los Angeles Galaxy in exchange for a partial league player allocation.

    Red Bull Company Limited, the maker of the highly-caffeinated "energy drink" of the same name, acquired the MteroStars from Anschutz Entertainment Group March 9 and renamed the team. On April 17, president and general manager Alexi Lalas resigned to take a similar position with the Los Angeles Galaxy. While the club does not have a director of soccer operations, de Grandpre indicated finding a new coach was the first priority.

    "We're going to evaluate that situation right now," de Grandpre said. "Once we determine who the coach is, we'll determine what our next steps will be."

    There is no indication how long Williams will run the team. "What I told the team this morning was that we need to try and put everything behind us off the field and on the field go out there and perform," he said. "That's what they're paid to do as professional soccer players, is (to) go out there and perform and play well for the fans who are going to come and see us."

    Though New York trails first-place D.C. United by 19 points with four games remaining before the season's midpoint, it is only three points below third place with the top four teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs.

    "Obviously, based on results, we want to show the fans these past results weren't acceptable and we want to make sure the play on the field improves," de Grandpre said. "And I think whenever there's major change, there's going to be a period of transition. Before the dust settles, there's going to be some uncertainty. At this point, we're trying to eliminate that uncertainty. We're going to take our time finding this new coach and make sure we move forward in the right direction."

    As the eighth coach of the franchise, Johnston served for only eight months. He replaced Bob Bradley with three games to go in the 2005 regular season, led the team into the postseason with a 2-0-1 record in those matches before losing to the New England Revolution in the first round.

    Williams, like Johnston who played six season for the Kansas City Wizards (1996-2001), had a successful MLS career. He played six years for D.C. United, earning championship rings in 1996, 1997 and 1999, and two with the MetroStars, retiring from the New Jersey club in 2003. He was in his first year as an MLS assistant before his provisional promotion.

    One of Williams' first jobs might be to make peace with playmaker Amdo Guevara, who feuded in the offseason with Lalas, and then with Johnston once play began. The 2004 MLS "Most Valuable Player" was suspend for one game and fined $4,000 earlier this season for leaving the field after being replaced in the 55th minute of a tie against Chicago.

    Guevara has one goal and no assists in nine matches this year after amassing 24 goals and 31 assists in his first three MLS campaigns.

    Dunivant is in his fourth MLS season, starting his career with two years with the San Jose Earthquakes before being dealt to the Galaxy. He had started 13 of 15 matches for L.A. and had one assist in 2006.

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