Troy Lesesne is fired by the Red Bulls. His replacement will be their 20th coach in 29 seasons

FILE - New York Red Bulls coach Troy Lesesne shouts to the team during the first half of an MLS soccer match against Real Salt Lake, Saturday, July 15, 2023, in Sandy, Utah. Lesesne was fired by the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Troy Lesesne was fired by the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday, and his replacement will become the team's 20th coach in 29 seasons.

New York also said Denis Hamlett had left after seven seasons as sporting director in what the Red Bulls termed a mutual decision.

Lesesne replaced Gerhard Struber on May 8 with the team in last place with one win, four losses and six draws for nine points. The Red Bulls made the playoffs by finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference with 11 wins, 10 draws and 13 losses and beat Charlotte in the first round before losing to Cincinnati.

New York has never won an MLS championship.

The team also fired assistant coach Zach Prince.

Lesesne followed Eddie Firmani (1996), Carlos Queiroz (1996), Carlos Alberto Parreira (1997), Alfonso Mondelo (1998), Bora Milutinovic (1998-99), Octavio Zambrano (2000-02), Bob Bradley (2003-05), Mo Johnston (2005-2006), Richie Williams (2006), Bruce Arena (2006-07), Juan Carlos Osorio (2008-09), Williams (2009), Hans Backe (2010-12), Mike Petke (2013-15), Jesse Marsch (2015-18), Chris Armas (2018-20), Bradley Carnell (2020) and Struber (2020-22).

Eleven of the 29 MLS teams have changed coaches this year.


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