Report: Stewart in final stages of talks to become U.S. men's national team GM

Yahoo Sports' Doug McIntyre reported, citing multiple sources, that an agreement was being finalized for three-time U.S. World Cup player Earnie Stewart, currently the Philadelphia Union sporting director, to fill the new position of men's national team general manager.

Stewart, 49, earned 101 caps and played for the USA in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups. After retiring as a player in 2005, he began a career in management as technical director of VVV Venlo. Stewart also worked for NAC Breda (technical director) and AZ Alkmaar (director of football affairs) prior to joining the Union in October 2015.

SA Confidential (Feb. 27): Earnie Stewart

U.S. Soccer's board gave the green light to hire general managers for 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  U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn in late February. "Assistant coaches, coaches and that rather direct line, if you will."

A search committee consists of four staff members -- U.S. Soccer chief commercial officer Jay Berhalter, chief sport development officer Nico Romeijn, chief soccer officer Ryan Mooney and Flynn -- and two board members -- Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra and former Women’s Sports Foundation president Angela Hucles.
9 comments about "Report: Stewart in final stages of talks to become U.S. men's national team GM".
  1. Wooden Ships, May 29, 2018 at 7:58 a.m.

    I know Earnie’s just one guy, but his hiring could prove to be one of the most significant turning points in our quest of becoming a true futbal playing nation. Fingers crossed and grateful he is willing to take on this very important role. 

  2. frank schoon replied, May 29, 2018 at 9:23 a.m.

    Thought it was a good choice too. He's had managerial in experience in Holland, and has playing experience.  This whole process is slow moving. He's going to have to figure out what style or what direction soccer will go in for that has to be related to the type of coaches he will choose...

  3. Wooden Ships replied, May 29, 2018 at 11:01 a.m.

    I agree Frank. He has a good soccer mind and an intelligent guy. He also exhibited a style and skill level as a player that few Capped players did. What I’m most excited about is his independence from the traditional powers that be at USSF. Holding my breath until it’s official. 

  4. frank schoon replied, May 29, 2018 at 1:13 p.m.

    Ships, excellent point about his independents from traditional powers.

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, May 29, 2018 at 6:39 p.m.

    I am a bit pessimistic after looking at the recent USSF organization chart. It definitely has a management by committee approach. According to the chart, the GM shares responsibility with others for "topics". That makes lines of "authority" very fuzzy. The chart is not talking about supervisory oversite, but rather shared areas of responsibility with peer managers.

    I may not have been involved in managing a soccer club, but I know what happens to when things are managed by committee. It is cumbersome, frustrating, and the programs drifting through never-ending compromises to build a consensus.

  6. frank schoon replied, May 30, 2018 at 9:51 a.m.

    Bob, good point, but it is reflects that we have an administrator not a soccer person as president...

  7. John Foust, May 29, 2018 at 2:59 p.m.

    Agree with you both - and he was one of the classiest players in an era with several others - Reyna and Ramos and, in my opinion, Balboa and Dooley.  He would bring  a solid presence - hope it happens.  Now for a coach ...

  8. Kevin Leahy, May 29, 2018 at 6:10 p.m.

    Not sure how long he has been in charge of the Philadelphia Union but, they aren't blowing anyone's socks off. The selection of Jim Curtin as a coach was a surprise move. Much respect for Earnie the player. The G.M. of the MNT needs to bring a lot to the table. The coach he selects needs to be a great hire!

  9. Bob Ashpole, June 6, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.

    Hopefully SA is working on a followup. USSF just annouced the hiring of Stewart as GM. The bad news is the GM job description that they also released. The GM does not hire the coach and does not determine how the MNT plays. What is the point in having a GM that is just another middle manager? 

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