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New York Red Bulls appoint new Assistant Scout, retain Head of Scouting

Benjamin Ehresmann’s move to Leipzig didn’t last long. He’s back at RBNY, and he’s keeping busy.

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The New York Red Bulls have announced an addition to their scouting department: Carlo Acquista is leaving Adelphi University’s men’s soccer program to join RBNY as Assistant Scout, per an official release from the club.

Acquista has been head coach of Adelphi’s men’s soccer team for 11 seasons. Among his new colleagues at RBNY is assistant coach Chris Armas, formerly head coach of Adelphi’s women’s soccer team. Adelphi makes and Metro takes, it would seem.

The news of Acquista’s appointment was doubly positive for RBNY as it came with an unexpected revelation: the Red Bulls’ former Head of Scouting, Benjamin Ehresmann, is not the Red Bulls’ former Head of Scouting at all - he’s still at RBNY:

The New York Red Bulls have added Carlo Acquista to their scouting department as Assistant Scout, the club announced today. Acquista will join Red Bulls Head of Scouting Ben Ehresmann.

Indeed, he seems to be actively involved in hiring decisions:

“I’m so excited to join the New York Red Bulls organization, and am so grateful for the opportunity presented to me by Benjamin Ehresmann and Denis Hamlett,” Acquista said. “To serve my hometown team in this capacity while pursuing my lifelong aspiration of working in Major League Soccer is truly a dream come true.”

Developing RBNY’s scouting department is exactly what Ehresmann was hired to do back in September, 2017 - but he was hired to be RB Leipzig’s chief scout at the beginning of February, so it was assumed he wasn’t doing anything for RBNY any more.

In early February, RBNY confirmed Ehresmann’s move (back - he had worked for RB Leipzig prior to moving to the USA) to Leipzig. Two weeks later, RBNY has confirmed that Ehresmann has in fact not moved to Leipzig and remains Head of Scouting for Papa Red Bull’s MLS club.

One suspects Ehresmann has an interesting story to tell about the last month or so of his professional life. Until or unless that story emerges, however, RBNY fans have but two simple facts to consider: about two weeks ago, the Red Bulls were in need of a new Head of Scouting; now the Red Bulls have a Head of Scouting - the one they thought they had to replace - and a new Assistant Scout.

Call that a win for RBNY.