Posted: Monday October 8, 2012 11:15 AM

Red Bulls youth coach slashed to death in NYC

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NEW YORK (AP) - New York City police are searching for a suspect in the killing of a New York Red Bulls youth soccer instructor who was slashed in the neck and torso and had his ear cut off.

Twenty-five-year-old Michael Jones was killed near Union Square around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Originally from Liverpool, England, Jones was a coach with the Red Bulls Youth Training Program. He lived in West Harrison.

Police say Jones was arguing with someone just before he was attacked, but it's not clear if they knew each other. Authorities are searching for a male suspect with a ponytail. No one has been arrested.

Earlier in the evening, Jones was out with his girlfriend. They parted ways around 11:30 p.m.

In a statement, the Red Bulls called Jones a "fantastic coach who loved soccer.''
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