Posted: Monday October 8, 2012 11:25AM ; Updated: Tuesday October 9, 2012 1:42AM

Red Bulls youth coach slashed to death in NYC

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Michael Jones lived in West Harrison, N.J., near the home of the Red Bulls.
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NEW YORK (AP) -- British-born New York Red Bulls youth football coach Michael Jones was fatally slashed in the neck and torso, and his ear cut off in one of New York City's busiest neighborhoods last weekend, as police Monday hunted for the suspected killer.

The 25-year-old Liverpool native - a coach with the New York Red Bulls Youth Training Program - was on 14th Street in Manhattan's Union Square at around 4:30 a.m. Sunday when he was seen arguing with a man. Jones had earlier been out with his girlfriend but they parted around midnight, police said. Police were called to the bloody scene where Jones lay on the street. He was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police late Sunday released surveillance footage of the suspected slasher, a man with a ponytail wearing a dark jacket. No arrests have been made.

The New York Red Bulls issued a statement, calling Jones a "fantastic coach who loved soccer.''

"This is truly a sad day for our soccer community and we will do our utmost to help authorities in their investigation of this case. Our thoughts and prayers are with Michael's family at this time,'' the team said.

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