However, in August U.S Soccer created a new position when Earnie Stewart was promoted from men's national team general manager to Sporting Director, and put in charge of overseeing "U.S. Soccer’s entire Sports Performance Department, including the men’s and women’s senior and youth national team programs." Stewart joined U.S. Soccer as MNT general manager in August of 2018.
Dan Flynn left the CEO position on Sept. 16 after indicating in late 2018 that he would be stepping down in 2019 following 18 years as U.S. Soccer's CEO and secretary general. U.S. Soccer's board of directors named Chief Stakeholder Officer Brian Remedi to the additional position of Chief Administrative Officer "to ensure the smooth continuity of all Federation operations" as the CEO search continues.
With Stewart's promotion, it is unclear whether U.S. Soccer will keep the Chief Soccer Officer position. Also unclear is the future of Chief Sport Development Officer Nico Romeijn, who has been in charge of High Performance while sharing with the Chief Soccer Officer the oversight of Development Academy, Coaching Education, Refereeing, Youth National Teams and Talent Identification.
Other positions that have been vacated and remain without a replacement, include:
• Development Academy Director and Youth National Teams Director, both of which were held by Jared Micklos, who left in August.
• Director of the Boys' DA, which was held by Aloys Wijnker until he departed in November of 2018.
• Youth Women’s National Team Director. April Heinrichs' departure was announced in October 2018.
• Five men's youth national team head coaches. The departures span a period from late 2017 to last June.
• At least five women's youth national team head coaches.
U.S. Soccer announced that the search for a new men's national team general manager began when Stewart became Sporting Director and that Kate Markgraf, whose hiring as women's national team general manager coincided with Stewart's promotion, is leading search to replace Jill Ellis.
Mendelsohn arrived at U.S. Soccer in January from the Columbus Crew, where he spent the last five years as director of soccer operations, a period that coincided with U.S. men's coach Gregg Berhalter serving as Crew head coach.
Mendelsohn had previously worked for U.S. Soccer for nine years, in the member services department and overseeing the referees, coaching and development academy programs. He also worked on the startup of the Development Academy and the Professional Referee Organization.