Preston Burpo, a native of Bethesda, Md., joined the New York Red Bulls coaching staff on Feb. 1, 2016.
Under Burpo’s guidance, starting goalkeeper and MLS’ Ironman Luis Robles has tallied back-to-back campaigns with 10-plus shutout and 100-plus saves. Robles has also recorded back-to-back seasons with at least 14 wins between the pipes.
Burpo started his playing career with USISL teams in 1995 and had a stint with Jamaican club Harbour View FC before signing with Seattle Sounders FC, then in the United Soccer League, in 1997. Burpo played nine seasons with Seattle before moving to MLS side Chivas USA in 2006, where he was a teammate of Marsch.
In all, Burpo made 59 career appearances in MLS, 22 with Chivas USA before stretches with the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution.
After spending one season as a scout with the U.S. Soccer Federation, Burpo joined Marsch’s staff ahead of the Montreal Impact’s inaugural season in 2012. He subsequently spent two seasons as the goalkeeper coach with D.C., overseeing Bill Hamid’s MLS Goalkeeper of the Year season in 2014.
Prior to his professional career, Burpo graduated from Southern New Hampshire University, where he played from 1991 – 1994, and remains eighth on the school’s career shutout leaders list, with 17.