He's now a full-blown technical ("sporting") director with a broad portfolio and no longer has the GM job that was curiously limited in scope.U.S. Soccer has appointed three-time FIFA World Cup veteran Earnie Stewart to be the first Sporting Director of U.S. Soccer and Kate Markgraf, who played in six world championships for the USA, winning the 1999 Women's World Cup and two Olympic gold medals, as the first General Manager of the Women’s National Team.
As the Sporting Director, Stewart will oversee U.S. Soccer’s entire Sports Performance Department, including the men’s and women’s senior and youth National Team programs, to create a more streamlined structure, align the overall technical approach and ensure greater communication and sharing of best practices within Federation programs. Reporting directly to the CEO, Stewart will also oversee all other Sports Performance departments, including Talent Identification, High Performance and Analytics.
No, the press release says the MNT will get a GM to replace Stewart as well.The WNT gets a GM but not the MNT? Presumably Stewart keeps this responsibility?
Organizationally, this makes sense. There’s someone actually empowered now to create a coherent player development structure.
Berhalter said there are two main areas he’s looking at when judging when the time is right to call up some of U.S. soccer’s top young prospects: the players’ performance with their club team, and the strength of the national team’s depth chart at that position. The latter could end up benefiting players like Dest and Sargent, who have lighter depth charts to overcome, while making it more of an uphill challenge for Pomykal, Morales and Robinson, all of whom will step into the competition at the U.S.’s deeper positions.