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
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
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
, chief sport development officer Nico Romeijn
, chief soccer officer Ryan Mooney
and Flynn -- and two board members -- Atlanta United technical director Carlos
and former Women’s Sports Foundation president Angela Hucles