YNT hire: Gonzalo Segares named U.S. under-15 boys national team coach

Former Costa Rican international Gonzalo Segares, who has been coaching Chicago youth teams since retiring in 2014 after 10 seasons in MLS with the Chicago Fire, has been named the U.S. under-15 boys national team coach, filling the position that has been vacant since Clint Peay left to become a North Carolina FC assistant coach in February 2019.

Segares is the fourth youth national team hire in the last 10 days after Laura Harvey (women's U-20s), Anthony Hudson (men's U-20s) and Matt Potter (women's U-23s).

Earnie Stewart, who remains responsible for the hiring on the men's side, said he has an agreement on another men's youth coach, pending the issuance of a work visa that has now gone on more than five weeks.

Segares joins U.S. Soccer from Chicago-area U.S. Soccer Development Academy club FC United, where he served as assistant academy director and head coach for the U-14 and U-16/17 squads.

He came to the United States from Costa Rica to attend VCU and was drafted in the third round of the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. He played 231 games over 10 MLS seasons broken up by a short stint at Apollon Limassol in Cyprus. He started out coaching in the Fire Academy, serving as an assistant when it won the 2015 U-18 Academy championship.

"I'm very excited. It's a privilege to work with U.S. Soccer," Segares said. "It's a challenge for me, but it's a great step for my career. I get to work with the best players in the United States at this age group. The opportunity to work with guys like Earnie and [U.S. men's head coach] Gregg Berhalter, guys that have a great professional vision and that have been in the game for many years, being in the same place and seeing how they work will let me learn a lot and help me keep developing as a coach."

First up: The U-15s will play in the annual Torneo delle Nazioni April 26-May 3 in Gradisca, Italy.


5 comments about "YNT hire: Gonzalo Segares named U.S. under-15 boys national team coach".
  1. Jeremy Darnell, January 14, 2020 at 1:50 p.m.

    Anybody with knowledge of his coaching or does anyone have an opinion on this guy? Looks a bit like, "Hey, here's a coach that's already living in Chicago" but maybe I'm wrong. 

  2. Mike Beaudry replied, January 16, 2020 at 2:19 a.m.

    He is a very good choice! 

  3. Alan Blackledge, January 15, 2020 at 8:01 a.m.


  4. Ginger Peeler, January 15, 2020 at 8:36 a.m.

    Come on, guys!  Ernie Stewart has finally reacted to all the negative press and has hired an Hispanic coach. It does seem to be a lot of responsibility for Segares' actual coaching experience. But almost all of Stewart's hires so far have been (to me) questionable and less than satisfying. 

  5. Bob Ashpole replied, January 16, 2020 at 10:53 p.m.

    Good point, Ginger.

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