Former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana defender Bradley Carnell recorded the first professional managerial win of his career on Sunday following New York Red Bulls' victory over DC United.
Having suffered a 3-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union in Carnell's first match in charge earlier this month, the Red Bulls bounced back in style over the weekend with a 2-0 Major League Soccer win over United, courtesy of goals from Aaron Long and Daniel Royer.
"From what had felt like the longest game of my life turned into the three points we needed on the night. I'm very proud of the performance the guys put in," Carnell told the club's official website during a post-match press conference.
"We knew we had to respond [to the defeat against Philadelphia]. We had a couple of extra days to work with and we knew that through the week in training, with what we saw and the way planned, and going at it in this formation, we knew we would give ourselves a chance...
"... We just have to reward ourselves, the goals will come. We've created some chances over the games prior to this, and it was now just about taking the reward and earning it, and we've earned it. These three points are valuable for the players.
"But this is just the start. We cannot rest on these three points. We know we're going into a tough stretch [but] we'll keep pushing and we know we'll get better as the weeks go on."
You can view Carnell's full post-match press conference in the video below
Carnell had previously served as the club's assistant manager since 2017, working alongside Jesse Marsch and then Chris Armas before assuming the role of interim head coach at the start of last week after the latter was relieved of his duties.
The 43-year-old is the latest South African to take up the managerial reigns of a club in the US' top flight after Alan Koch, who is currently in charge of second division side Colorado Springs Switchbacks, enjoyed a spell with FC Cincinnati in 2019.