Early this morning news broke that former USMNT and MLS player turned coach Armas was set to join the coaching staff at Manchester United.
Chris Armas played 264 games between his time at the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire, and was capped 58 times for the USMNT between 1998 and 2005. His international career unfortunately saw him miss out on the 2002 World Cup after tearing his ACL, and the 2006 World Cup was at the twilight of his career.
In 2018 Armas was named Head Coach of RB New York, replacing European bound Jesse Marsch who was taking up the coaching mantle at RB Leipzig. While at RBNY, Armas met Ralf Rangnick who was in charge of overseeing multiple Red Bull clubs, including RBNY. That season, RBNY finished first in MLS standings and won the Supporters Shield.
News broke this morning through Taylor Twellman, and later confirmed by European news-breaker Fabrizio Romano, that Armas had been granted a work permit to join Rangnick and his coaching staff at Manchester United. Rangnick just completed his first game in charge of the English powerhouse in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Armas will be set to “replace” Michael Carrick who was assistant coach to former MUFC boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Carrick took over first team duties in between Solskjaer’s departure and Rangnicks take over, before ultimately departing himself to spend time with his family.
What can we expect from Armas? His last game in charge of a first team (Toronto FC lost 7-1) saw him fired. Can we expect him in a first team coaching staff in Europe after Rangnick’s hopeful revival of Manchester United?
Watch a glimpse in to a younger Armas at RBNY with an in depth interview below: