CJ Brown - Assistant Coach

Brown was added to the New York Red Bulls coaching staff on July 10, 2018. Brown, a longtime MLS player, joins Chris Armas’ staff with nine years of coaching experience, including eight seasons as an assistant in MLS.

Brown, a native of Eugene, Oregon, enjoyed a 13-year professional career, including 10 seasons alongside Armas with the Chicago Fire. Both were part of the inaugural Fire team that won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and MLS Cup in 1998, and went on to win a Supporters’ Shield and three more U.S. Open Cups as teammates.

Brown’s time in Chicago included two seasons during Denis Hamlett’s head coaching tenure in 2008 and 2009. Hamlett was also an assistant with the Fire from 1998 through 2007. Brown was the seventh member of Chicago’s Ring of Fire, and the third player inducted. After retiring, the center back immediately transitioned into coaching, including stints with Real Salt Lake, the Chicago Fire, New York City FC, and Orlando City SC.