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Report: New York Red Bulls set for Armas extension

Chris Armas

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas speaks to the fans after an MLS soccer match against Orlando City in Harrison, N.J. The New York Red Bulls and Atlanta United are clearly the two best teams in Major League Soccer These two powerhouses will meet in a two-leg Eastern Conference final, which begins Sunday night before another expected crowd of more than 70,000 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The second game will be held Thursday night in Harrison, N.J. ((AP Photo/Steve Luciano, File)

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According to a report by The Athletic’s Kristian Dyer, the New York Red Bulls are set to extend head coach Chris Armas no matter the result of their playoff journey.

The 46-year-old Armas has been with New York since 2015, first as an assistant before stepping into the head coach role when Jesse Marsch departed midseason for RB Leipzig. The Red Bulls lost just three regular season games under Armas, and only two after falling to local rivals NYCFC in his first game in charge on July 9. The Red Bulls finished the season with six consecutive wins, stealing the Supporters’ Shield out from under the noses of Atlanta United on the final day.

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According to the report, the club was readying an extension for Armas whether they won the Shield or not. It states that while the extension is technically a new contract altogether, it will act more like an extension of his current deal, but does not specify how long the new contract will last or mention monetary values.

The Red Bulls were beaten 3-0 in the first leg of their Eastern Conference final matchup against Atlanta United, as Armas’s tactics came under fire. However, more importantly, Armas - in his first head coaching position - was credited with stabilizing the franchise after Marsch departed, a move that left many wary of how the remainder of the season would turn out.

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