In a conference call with media on Wednesday, U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn
and director of sport development Ryan Mooney
outlined the process for hiring men's and women's national team
general managers and the scope of their responsibilities. Search committee
. A search committee consisting of four staff
members -- U.S. Soccer chief commercial officer Jay Berhalter
, director of coaching education Nico Romeijn
, Flynn and Mooney -- and two board members -- Atlanta United technical director
and former Women’s Sports Foundation president Angela Hucles
-- will make recommendations to the board of directors for approval. New U.S. Soccer president
will also be involved in the process. Timeline
. Flynn said that U.S. Soccer has sought out interest from
potential GM candidates, and candidates have sought out the federation. He said the federation is limited in terms of whom it might seek out based on who is under contract. Flynn described both
positions are priorities but he said the GM for the men's team will likely be hired first because it doesn't have a permanent head coach. Candidates
. Flynn said the federation is looking for candidates both domestically and internationally and that includes MLS, but he stressed the most important thing is to find
the best candidate.
“I will say one thing," he added. "I think internally we think it’s pretty darn important that the general managers understand our leagues -- plural,
leagues -- in our country and how they operate and how they work, what the player development model is on the domestic side, so I will leave it at that.” Responsibilities
. The primary role of the GMs will be the two national teams. They will be responsible for the hiring and firing of national team head coaches and
building the national team staff. The GMs will also monitor player pools and integrate new players into the national teams. “They will be responsible only in the national team environment," said
Flynn. "Assistant coaches, coaches and that rather direct line, if you will."
These GMs will not be technical directors or be responsible for the hiring and firing of the coaches of
youth national teams, but Flynn acknowledged that they will by the nature of their positions become important voices in the area of player development.