he does speak spanish. his family is originally from spain who migrated to germany.
My conspiratorial, baseless, prognostication:
1) Gomez assists in acquisition of Nexaca: Are the Red Bulls about to have a sister club in Mexico? - Once A Metro
As sort of a sporting expert who RB brass trust, but who also speaks Spanish and has a playing pedigree that garners respect.
In fact, looking at the originally translated article, the position seems less specific than OaM make it seem - I dont read it necessarily as boss of NY and Bragantino...
Official job: Gomez in talks with RB boss Mintzlaff (90min.de)
2) RB sells Metro, keeps the USL team and the academy.
3) Thelwell becomes, "western hemisphere soccer guy" and moves players up and across US Academy, USL, RB Nexaca, RB Bragantino towards Europe.