"We are aware of this tragedy and on behalf of the entire organisation, want to send our most heartfelt condolences to Michael's family, friends and loved ones.
"He was a tremendous individual, a fantastic coach who loved soccer and a terrific friend for many of us.
"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."
A minute's silence will be held today for the Lancashire football coach stabbed to death in New York.
American news programmes have reported on the tributes paid to Mike Jones, the Tarleton-born coach stabbed to death in New York.
A man suspected of murdering a Lancashire football coach in New York has fled to Mexico, according to reports.