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New York Red Bulls coach Chris Armas’ first tweet: No emojis, plenty of encouragement

Nov 4, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas directs his team during a game against Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium. (Greg Bartram/USA TODAY Sports)

HANOVER, N.J. — The New York Red Bulls Twitterverse was at its most pessimistic this week.

Their team had just lost to Columbus Crew SC 1-0 in the opening leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals and the long-suffering fans voiced their frustration, displeasure and overall “That’s so Metro” sentiments across the social media platform.

What better time for Red Bulls coach Chris Armas to post his first tweet? There were no hashtags, no emojis, just one simple message for the fanbase ahead of the second leg Sunday at Red Bull Arena: “We are coming home and we can’t wait to see you at Red Bull Arena this Sunday. Come ready to make some noise!”

Armas, who follows seven accounts and has 773 followers — many after the coach’s initial tweet, which was liked by former coach Jesse Marsch, among others — said he’s enjoyed engaging with fans in various forums.

“It was time to encourage them to come out, get behind us as always and make some noise in our building where it’s tough to play for other teams,” Armas said Tuesday after training.

His leap into Twitter, Armas said, was partially because “my kids have been bugging me for a while. Dad, let’s get going here.”

But Armas said he didn’t need any help from them to stay within the character count or to make sure his message reached the masses.

“I’m not a dinosaur, I understand Twitter and Instagram,” Armas joked. “I’m just not always in that spotlight, but it’s important just to connect with the fans a little differently and put it out there.”

While that was Armas’ first tweet on his official Twitter handle, it begs the question: Has he had a burner account this entire time?

“I can’t tell you guys,” he said with a laugh. “But yeah, it’s good to connect with the fans in this way and be able to communicate some of the things in my mind and my heart.”

Apparently Armas’ tweet didn’t go viral enough to reach his own players, who had no idea their coach was on Twitter.

“Is he a good follow?” defender Tim Parker asked.

Armas has a long way to go to reach Parker’s volume of tweets (3,187) or followers (4,075), but Parker has some sage social media advice for the fellow Long Island, N.Y., native.

“Let loose,” Parker said. “It’s easier to engage.”

Just don’t expect any engagement from fellow defender Kemar Lawrence.

“I’m not going to follow him,” the Jamaican fullback said with a laugh.

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