U.S. Soccer Hires Earnie Stewart as National Team General Manager

ImageEarnie Stewart will become the top executive for the U.S. men’s national

He will begin his new role with U.S. Soccer on August 1. He was elected to U.S. Soccer's hall of fame in 2011.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has appointed three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Earnie Stewart to be the new General Manager of the U.S. Men's National Team. He will spearhead a committee that will evaluate candidates before hiring a new coach after the World Cup.

The move should not come as a shock considering Stewart's long-term aspirations to shape U.S. Soccer, which he's made clear since his return to the States to take the Union's sporting director job in 2015.

"Having played for the US men's national team, I'm honored by the opportunity to return to help lead this rebuilding phase", Stewart said.

The 49-year-old will head the search for a new head coach for the United States national team, who last year failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since the 1986 finals.

Stewart, the son of a U.S. Air Force airman and a Dutch mother, grew up in the Netherlands and was a successful professional player there when he committed to play for the United States in the months after the 1990 World Cup.

"Based on the profile of the position and the required skills, Earnie is a natural fit for the General Manager with the Men's National Team", Chief Sport Development Officer Nico Romeijn said.

Stewart's appointment was confirmed by US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro in a conference call with reporters.

Dave Sarachan has held the position of caretaker coach since Arena's departure, and will be in charge of the team for Saturday's friendly against France, which is expected to be his final match in charge. Sarachan took over following the resignation of Bruce Arena, who quit after the USA failure to qualify for the World Cup.

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