By RYAN TOLMICH
The winter exodus from the New York Red Bulls is set to continue with the departure of the team’s most influential assistant coach.
Red Bulls assistant Robin Fraser, who has been with the club for the past two seasons, is reportedly set to leave the club to take the same position with Toronto FC. According to Big Apple Soccer, Fraser was offered a one-year deal with the Red Bulls, but will now be accepting an offer believed to be for three years from TFC.
Fraser, previously head coach at Chivas USA from 2011-12, proved to be one of head coach Mike Petke’s most trusted advisers throughout the past two seasons. Petke, who became Red Bulls head coach ahead of the 2013 season, lauded Fraser’s tactical acumen numerous times during the 2014 campaign as the club reached the Eastern Conference finals.
The move would reunite Fraser with Greg Vanney, as they had worked together at Chivas USA, but this time their roles will be flipped — at Chivas USA, Fraser was head coach and Vanney was his assistant. Vanney became TFC head coach in September.
Prior to becoming a coach, Fraser enjoyed a nine-year MLS career that included stops with the LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew. He also made 27 international appearances with the U.S. Men’s National Team.
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