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Reports: Earnie Stewart front-runner for USMNT GM job


A front-runner has reportedly emerged for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s general manager position.

According to multiple reports, Philadelphia Union executive and former USMNT midfielder Earnie Stewart is in talks with the federation over the GM role. Stewart is currently serving as technical director with the Union having previously worked with Dutch sides NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar.

Stewart’s hiring isĀ “essentially a done deal”, according to reports, although the two sides still need to negotiate the executive’s departure from the Union.

A committee chaired by Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra and former U.S. women’s national team player Angela Hucles has handled the search for the GM. NYCFC’s Claudio Reyna has also reportedly been considered.



      • Not sure that the style the Pink Cows are playing right now is at all well suited for what we want to see on the field for the USMNT. Still promotes athleticism over intellect too much. I like Marsch and think that he does have a bright future, but I think we can do better.

  1. I can live with that. The reality is that the first person holding this position will be a bit of a guinea pig as US Soccer works out the particulars and practical application of the job. ES combines an illustrious career for USMNT, overseas, and tons of front office experience. Hard to find much fault with this selection.

    • What is the role of the GM? On an ordinary soccer team the role would cover talent scouting and recruitment. But is that the HC and AC’s job here, or is he more like the business manager who does logistics, hotels, buses, training fields, and hires staff including the HC? When you have one team that meets irregularly and with significant breaks how much of scouting is the coach?

    • I liked him from the team, smart, hard working, overachiever. I also think the fact he’s a career GM with no apparent coaching aspirations might be good for harmony, since sometimes these jobs breed HC/TD conflicts when the TD also thinks he could coach. I do have the division of labor question above, which I would tie in to, I think his value is in personnel. And then my other concern would be that 3 years ago this would be a brilliant unimpeccable choice, but 3 years later Philly has made the playoffs once as a 6 seed, in his first season there. It’s kind of like Kreis 2 jobs later, you start to wonder. But this will be a much better talent pool and I think if given a more blank check than Philly he could find us a good coach. I think he with his own NT history would be less likely to “go along with” some rubbish pick conceptualized by the front office.

      • I think Ernie has a ton more potential than what he showed for the Union.

        I’ve been pretty disappointed with what he has done there, but it is certainly not the best of environments. Between being shortchanged by Sugarman, hampered by lack of scouts, and hamstrung by Curtin’s coaching it was always an uphill battle.

        May he move on to better days ahead!

        We need it.

      • True, the first 2 years at Philly were painful but looks at the young team Philly is playing now, lots of promising players in that team.

    • Agree! He would have been in my top 3 easily. The comment about,being guinea pig is also apropos, but you also get to define the role if you succeed. I can only hope that the new position will allow some focus on the more detailed and “subtle” needs of the US Team. Something lacking and much to the detriment of the players, fans and followers


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