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Tom Soehn Turns Down Red Bulls Sporting Director Offer

Tom Soehn has turned down the Sporting Director job with the New York Red Bulls, according to reports.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Soehn isn't going anywhere, it seems.

The New England Revolution assistant has refused an offer from the New York Red Bulls to become their Sporting Director, according to reports. Big Apple Soccer cites sources stating that Soehn was the leading man for the job in Harrison, but he turned down the one-year deal and will presumably stick with the Revs.

Soehn was hired before the start of the 2014 season as the Revs' new assistant head coach, replacing Jay Miller on Jay Heaps' bench. He brought a wealth of MLS experience both as a coach, player, and front office executive, and it is no surprise that the Red Bulls coveted that experience during their hiring process.

A former soccer standout at Western Illinois University in the mid-1980s, Soehn made a career for himself as an indoor soccer player in the dark days before MLS, also suiting up for outdoor teams in the Canadian Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League. In 1996, he was drafted by the Dallas Burn in the MLS Inaugural Player Draft, and turned in five years in the league with the Burn and with the Chicago Fire, winning MLS Cup in 1998 and the U.S. Open Cup in 1998 and 2000, all with the Fire.

Soehn moved right into coaching, working as an assistant under Bob Bradley in Chicago until 2003, when he moved to become Peter Nowak's assistant in D.C. He was on the staff for United's MLS Cup win in 2004 and Supporters' Shield win in 2005.

After taking over for Nowak in 2006, Soehn led D.C. United to another Supporters' Shield, as well as an Open Cup victory in 2008. He then moved to the front office as Director of Soccer Operations with Vancouver, before replacing fired head coach Teitur Thordarson temporarily, until Martin Rennie was hired, at which point he returned to the Director position.

Soehn left that position in 2012, and joined the Revs in January 2014. His son is a member of the Revolution U-18 Academy team.

New York is expected to name Ali Curtis, the current Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition with Major League Soccer, as their Sporting Director. He is a former college teammate of Jay Heaps at Duke.