US SOCCER PROMOTES STEWART
US Soccer announced on Monday that men's national team general manager Earnie Stewart has been promoted to the role of Sporting Director, making him the first to take up the position.
According to a statement on the US Soccer website, as the Sporting Director, Stewart will oversee the organization's entire Sports Performance Department, including the men's and women's senior and youth National Team programs, create a more streamlined structure, align the overall technical approach and ensure greater communication and sharing of best practices within Federation programs. Stewart will also oversee all other Sports Performance departments, including Talent Identification, High Performance and Analytics.
The framework will lead to enhanced player development, more clearly defined pathways through the National Teams pyramid and help drive the ultimate goal, which is winning championships with the senior teams. At the same time, efforts to increase participation in the sport overall will be aided through his influence on coaching education, referee training and club development, the statement added.
The former US national team member, who was capped 101 times while also playing his club soccer mostly in the Netherlands, was hired as US Soccer's first general manager for the men's national team more than a year ago.
Due to Stewart's promotion, there will be a search for a new general manager.