There is no date set for when the new U.S. men's national team coach must be hired but he said in a U.S. Soccer Q&A that the "aim is to have our new coach in place by the end of summer, although it’s possible that club circumstances could impact the timeline.”
Crocker outlined where things stand in the hiring process.
To begin with, he said the process includes having "a diverse group of voices involved" and identifying "the qualities and characteristics" the USMNT head coach needs.
“What we have is a list of candidates who based on our initial research we think will fit the profile,” Crocker said. “We already have had a number of conversations with some of the candidates. In some instances a candidate may hold a current position, in which case we must be very respectful to their clubs and always make sure any communication begins with them. Our next steps will be to conduct more thorough interviews and continue what we have outlined as a robust evaluation process.
In interviews after his immediate hiring, Crocker said how a coach does in leading the USMNT over the next three years with, notably, the Copa America in 2024 and World Cup in 2026 is important but what he described as "the legacy piece" was equally important.
“As I have said, we think this decision is critical not only for the next three years but also for the legacy that this coach will leave on the future of the program,” Crocker said. “We intend to be thoughtful and thorough in our evaluation and our selection."
And the timetable?
"The plan is to conduct a series of interviews in June and narrow down the list of candidates," he added. " From there, we will engage the finalists in another evaluation activity.”
Crocker did not specify what he meant by "club circumstances." Coaches needing to decide sooner between competing offers? Coaches becoming available because their relationship with their club changes?
In the meantime, Anthony Hudson will remain in charge of the USMNT for the Concacaf Nations League (June 15-18) and Gold Cup (June 26-July 16).
Like in 2021 when the USA swept both tournaments, the Concacaf Nations League should feature one team, almost all foreign-based players, while the Gold Cup should feature a team of mostly different players. Many of the USA's foreign-based stars will be moving to new clubs over the summer.
Crocker will be spending the next two months moving his family to Chicago from England, where he is finishing up as the director of football operations at relegated Premier League club Southampton.
His other immediate federation priority is assisting with the USWNT's preparations for the Women's World Cup, which kicks off July 20.
Crocker said he has talked with USWNT GM Kate Markgraf and Coach Vlatko Andonovski in the past few weeks and met with players Lindsey Horan and Becky Sauerbrunn.
"I’m here to support their work in any way I can as they finalize their preparations for the camp in July before heading to Auckland to start the World Cup," he said in the Q&A. "Vlatko has some tough decisions on the final roster, and I know he and Kate are following all of the players in NWSL closely. We’ll continue to keep in touch as much as possible in the coming two months."