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Why In-Demand Carnell Was Snapped Up A Year In Advance

After appointing Bafana Bafana legend Bradley Carnell as St. Louis City’s head coach, the club’s President and CEO has broken her silence on the spectacular move.

Carnell was handpicked to lead the new Major League Soccer franchise that will be making their debut in the 2023 season, giving the young coach well over a year to assemble a formidable team that will shake the foundations of the MLS.

With the likes of Manchester United sniffing around, St. Louis City had to act swiftly in order to snap up Carnell’s services, as confirmed by the club’s President and CEO, Carolyn Kindle Betz.

“Several clubs have shown interest in his talents, so we knew we had to move quickly to bring him to St. Louis,” she told the club’s media department.

“In Bradley we have an innovative, modest and forward-thinking head coach that wants to help revitalize and connect our region through soccer. We are thrilled he chose us,” she added.

Meanwhile for Carnell who is all too familiar with the MLS, having served in various roles for the New York Red Bulls since 2017, he is looking forward to leaving a lasting legacy with the league’s rookies.

“I am 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 soccer,” he said.

“Lutz’s vision matches my ambitions of building a competitive team through the heavy use of data, technology and a keen focus on individual player development. I am looking forward to establishing a team that reflects St. Louis – one that’s diverse, hardworking and community led. I am thrilled to help create the future of the sport in an incredible soccer city.”

Read Carnell’s exclusive quotes while speaking to the Siya crew, including why he opted for this particular role, instead of one at Old Trafford under his former coach Ralf Ragnick here.

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