U.S. Soccer GMs: What's the search process and what will be the responsibilities

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 Carlos Bocanegra and former Women’s Sports Foundation president Angela Hucles -- will make recommendations to the board of directors for approval. New U.S. Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro 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.
4 comments about "U.S. Soccer GMs: What's the search process and what will be the responsibilities".
  1. James Madison, February 28, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.

    Strange that the development programs apparently will not be integrated with the senior national teams.

  2. Wooden Ships, February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

    Understanding our leagues? What’s to understand? Does that mean domestic deference? 

  3. R2 Dad replied, March 1, 2018 at 12:10 p.m.

    I will say one thing = The only thing that is important

    understand our leagues...and how they operate  = have direct experience with MLS/USL

    what the player development model is on the domestic side = have direct experience with MLS/USL

    so I will leave it at that = I don't want to talk about this anymore

  4. Bob Ashpole, March 1, 2018 at 1:49 p.m.

    This is a huge change--the GM will be picking assistant coaches rather than the head coach.

    USSF in recent years has ignored USYSA's player development model as well as USSF's Best Practices manual. In short I don't think anyone knows what "the [USSF] player development model is on the domestic side" today or expects consistency in the future. USSF still seems focused on short term objectives, team development and winning competitions.

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