MLS expansion side St. Louis City has named Bradley Carnell as manager. Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Major League Soccer expansion club St. Louis City SC has hired former New York Red Bulls assistant coach and former South Africa international defender Bradley Carnell to be the team's first manager.

The team will begin play in 2023, but Carnell is keen to get started and bond with a city that has as rich a soccer history as any in the country, and match the energy of those employees who are already on board.

"When I started engaging with front office and ownership and talking with them, and just hearing the energy that they portray on a daily basis, the humble nature of these individuals in the front office, my first impression blew me out of the park," he said in an exclusive interview with ESPN. "I can't imagine how hungry the city is."

Carnell, 44, joins St. Louis after spending the past five seasons as an assistant with the Red Bulls, a period that included a spell as interim manager in 2020 following the dismissal of Chris Armas. During that time, New York went 6-5-3, helping the Red Bulls qualify for the postseason.

"The way I felt I went about it just gave me ambition and an appetite for more," he said of his time managing the Red Bulls.