Earnie Stewart was named the first general manager of the USMNT, a new role created by the US Soccer Federation. Stewart takes the role officially on August 1 with the expectation that US Soccer will hire a new head coach after that.
“With his breadth of experience as both a player and a technical director, Earnie is the ideal leader to guide the long-term success of our Men’s National Team program,” US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro said. “Combined with the structural changes at the Federation that we announced in April, this is a further step in our commitment to ensure that soccer operations are run by soccer experts.”
Stewart is a well-known name to US Soccer fans, playing in three World Cups and winning an MLS Cup with DC United in 2004. A Dutch native, Stewart spent most of his club career in the Netherlands, eventually taking a technical role with NAC Breda and later AZ Alkmaar. Stewart returned to MLS to run the Philadelphia Union in time for the 2016 season.
"My responsibilities as a general manager are focused on the U.S. Men’s National Team," Stewart said. "Everything that has to do with the team, from the scouting process to getting players into camp together with the head coach of the National Team. We want to make sure there’s a clear process for our style of play, that there’s a clear process of the way we want to play and make sure that we win games."
As for Philadelphia, Stewart will spend the time prior to officially taking the USMNT role with the Union. Philadelphia announced that they will seek a replacement for Stewart's role with the club.
“Over the past two years, we have been very focused on creating a club-wide methodology and technical vision that we are confident will continue to guide us at every level of the organization, from the Pre-Academy to the Academy to Bethlehem Steel FC to the First Team, and we will continue to execute on that plan at all levels," Philadelphia investor/operator Jay Sugarman said. "As Earnie transitions out of his role over the next two months through July 31, we will be seeking a new Sporting Director who can help us build on this strong foundation.”