The New York Red Bulls have strategically moved by appointing former Canada captain Julian de Guzman as their new sporting director. At 42, de Guzman brings a wealth of experience to the position, having recently served as the founder, managing partner, and president of Simcoe Rovers County FC, a prominent League1 Ontario club. Before this role, he held the position of GM with the now-defunct Ottawa Fury.
During his impressive 19-year professional career, de Guzman played in France, Germany, Spain, and Greece, showcasing his versatility. Returning to Canada in 2009, he made history by becoming Toronto FC's first Canadian designated player, marking a significant milestone in MLS history.
In a statement, Jochen Schneider, the Red Bulls' head of sport, expressed confidence in de Guzman's capabilities, emphasizing his extensive experience both in Major League Soccer and internationally. Schneider highlighted de Guzman's focus on enhancing the coaching staff, nurturing players, overseeing the second team, and developing the academy, which aligns with the Red Bulls' forward-thinking vision.
His contributions extended to FC Dallas after a trade in 2012 and a fruitful stint with Ottawa Fury, where he served as club captain and eventually transitioned to coaching.
With 89 caps for Canada, including 25 as captain, de Guzman's leadership qualities and wealth of experience make him an invaluable addition to the New York Red Bulls. In his own words, de Guzman expressed pride and honor in joining the renowned organization, eagerly anticipating the opportunity to contribute to the team's continued success and be part of the Red Bulls' soccer legacy in North America.