A TEAM ITS OWN: Red Bulls assistant Carnell named St. Louis City head coach


Bradley Carnell: “I look forward to creating a team that reflects St. Louis – a diverse, hardworking, community-led team. (Photo courtesy of St. Louis City SC)

Red Bulls assistant coach Bradley Carnell has a new title – Head Coach.

On Wednesday, Carnell was named the head coach of St. Louis City SC, which will join Major League Soccer as an expansion team in 2023, sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel announced.

“I’m grateful to be a part of the St. Louis City family, a team where I can help build something special in a city that is already so passionate about football,” Carnell said in a statement. “Lutz’s vision aligns with my ambitions to build a competitive team through the intensive use of data, technology and a particular focus on individual player development. I look forward to building a team that reflects St. Louis – a diverse, hardworking, community-led team. I am excited to help create the future of sport in an amazing soccer city. “

After extensive international research for a head coach who reflects the club’s vision and sporting philosophy, Carnell quickly rose to the top of the list, given his hands-on approach, success and passion for developing the club. young players.

“We can honestly say that we got our best candidate for the club’s first head coach position and wanted to get him on board quickly given the critical role he will play in building our first squad,” said Pfannenstiel said in a statement. “We knew it was important to have someone who understood the ins and outs of MLS, as well as the international market, and Bradley has all the attributes we were looking for. His experience as a player and coach sets him apart, and I have no doubts that he will help us build a very competitive squad for our first season in 2023.

Carnell will be responsible for the execution of the club’s footballing philosophy on the pitch and will play a major role in team development by helping Pfannenstiel identify players who match the team’s playing style.

“As a player he epitomized the intense, counter-press and fast-paced transition game that will define City’s playstyle and as a coach he works tirelessly on and off the pitch to develop these abilities in the players, ”said Pfannenstiel. “His hunger and determination to succeed will get the best of our players. Bradley and I speak a common language when it comes to our playing philosophy and he and I fully agree on the importance of identifying and developing players for our high press style.

Carnell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he began his playing career with local clubs Wits University (now Bidvest Wits FC) and Kaizer Chiefs before playing in the Bundesliga with VfB Stuttgart and Borussia Mönchengladbach. In Stuttgart, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick had a huge impact on Carnell’s football development and was a mentor throughout his coaching career. Carnell also made 42 appearances for the South African national team, making 42 appearances from 1997 to 2010, including three 2002 World Cup starts.

He started off as the head coach of the University of Johannesburg men’s team, then moved to an assistant coach position with the Orlando Pirates before moving on to MLS. In 2017, Carnell joined the Red Bulls as an assistant coach and named interim head coach in September 2020. He led the team to a sixth place finish in the MLS Eastern Conference. Carnell has resumed his role as assistant coach for the Red Bulls for the 2021 season.

“Several clubs showed interest in his talents, so we knew we had to act quickly to get him to St. Louis,” St. Louis City SC president Carolyn Kindle Betz said in a statement. “At Bradley we have an innovative, modest and forward thinking head coach who wants to help revitalize and connect our region through football. We are delighted that he chose us.

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