December 20, 2016
Carlos Llamosa joins coaching staff
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Former New England Revolution defender Carlos Llamosa has been named an assistant coach for the team, the Revolution announced Tuesday.
The Revolution have added Aidan Byrne as Head of Fitness, replacing former Revolution defender Nick Downing.
“We are always looking for opportunities to improve our club both on and off the field and we feel we’ve enhanced our staff with the additions of Carlos and Aidan,” Revolution general manager Michael Burns said. “Carlos and Aidan both bring a vast amount of experience in the game and specifically in our league. We are excited for each of them to be joining our club.”
“We are excited to strengthen our staff with these two additions,” said Revolution coach Jay Heaps, who played with Llamosa on the team's back line for two seasons. “Carlos was an excellent player and an even better teammate, and we are thrilled to add his passion and energy to our team. We’re equally excited to add Aidan to our staff as his experience in MLS will make us stronger both on and off the field.”
Llamosa, 47, who will also have scouting responsibilities, was an assistant with the New York Cosmos (2013-16) and Chivas USA (2010-12). In four seasons, Llamosa helped the Cosmos win three NASL Soccer Bowl championships, the Fall Season championships in 2013 and 2016 and Spring Season title in 2015.
Llamosa had a 10-year MLS career, appearing in 41 games from 2002-03, including a start in the 2002 MLS Cup final, with the Revolution. Llamosa missed the 2004 season with a knee injury then returned to the Revolition in 2005 but did not play in a game. Llamosa, a native of Palmira, Colombia, played with Colmena (1986-89) and Huila (1990) in Colombia, and with the New York Centaurs. Llamosa made 29 appearances with the U.S. national team and played in the 1999 Confederations Cup and 2002 World Cup.
Byrne was the physical performance coach with New York City FC the last two seasons. Byrne coached the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s men’s team in 2014 and was an assistant at Northeastern as the Huskies made Colonial Athletic Association tournament appearances from 2011-13, winning the CAA championship in 2012.
Byrne, a native of Dublin, Ireland, also served on the coaching staffs of the U.S. Futsal National Team (physical preparation specialist), FC Bolts Celtic (U-17/U-18 Academy head coach), and Siena College (assistant coach). Byrne, a University of Rhode Island graduate, played for the Rhode Island Stingrays from 1999-2000.