Roxburgh: "you can't buy success"
November 20, 2012
The reasons for hiring Andy Roxburgh are still not exactly clear, but the ancient Scotsman's first words in charge of the club are not without merit. "You can't buy success in MLS," he said. If only someone told that to Red Bull seven years ago...
The club is moving along in its coach search, having interviewed two people already. "Clearly it is an advantage if he has coached in MLS," Roxburgh said. However, he would take "someone coming from Europe if he is bright and intelligent and is adaptable. You have to be able to quickly adapt. If there is someone who is very blinkered, then it is a wrong move. We are taking that into consideration. It needs to be somebody before who is comfortable in a coaching context as a teacher and a coach. If the head coach isn't American, then one of the two assistants will be an American. We have enough quality American coaches and we know the importance of having an American coach. When I say an international background [he] could be American. We don't want to rush to judgment. The idea is to get the best guy we can, someone appropriate to here."
Roxburgh also emphasized the importance of building the team around American players, the one aspect that is crucial in MLS success. "We are actually negotiating right now in terms of making new acquisitions as well -- with MLS experiences -- in their 20's and who we think can add another dimension," he said. The team is expecting to offer new contracts to Connor Lade and Brandon Barklage,