"If I say yes or no, they'll kill me in my country [laughs
]. I know all these players. I don't know what percentage that started with us in the national team. I know they have an interim coach right now. I hope, for the sake of our football here in America — you know, let's face it, the U.S. wants to win the World Cup, okay? And it's a big opportunity. They're not going to qualify for the World Cup. They're already in. I'm sure they're going to make the right decision who they're going to bring, or leave him [interim coach Anthony Hudson
] as the coach. I mean, basically, the coaches are important — don't get me wrong — but the players that they have right now, you're talking about a generation for the [next] 15 years. I think they took one team and played Grenada, then they got some other players to play against us. Tells you the depth that they have."
— El Salvador head coach Hugo Perez
, deflecting a question after his team's 1-0 loss to the USA in Concacaf Nations League group play about whether he's interested in the USMNT head coaching vacancy. Perez, who played for the USA at the 1984 Olympics and 1994 World Cup, knows many of the current group, having been a U.S. U-14 and U-15 coach in 2012-14. At his first U-14 camp in May 2012, attendees included
2022 World Cup players Christian Pulisic
, Weston McKennie
, Luca de la Torre
and Haji Wright
Would love to see him in Touch. But, I do enjoy watching him guide El Salvador. They need him.