KENYA BROWN - Saturday, January 11, 2020
Brian McBride will return to US Soccer as it was announced on Friday that the retired forward has been appointed as the new general manager for the men's national team.

The 47-year-old takes over the position from Earnie Stewart, who was promoted to the role of sporting director. He has headed to Bradenton, Florida, to join up with the players and coaching staff for the annual January camp.

After a search that included 20 candidates, the former Fulham captain received approval from the federation's technical committee and board of directors to take the helm.

Speaking after the announcement of McBride to the post, Stewart seemed more than happy with the selection.

"We are thrilled to have Brian McBride assume the role as general manager of the U.S. Men's National Team. Through his impressive career as a three-time World Cup veteran and at clubs in England, Germany and the United States, he has earned the respect of his peers around the world," said Stewart in a statement on the US Soccer website.

"The hard-earned reputation will allow him to forge important relationships both internationally and here at home, and his understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed at the highest levels will be invaluable to our player pool and our staff."

McBride, who made 95 appearances or the national team between 1993 and 2006, will be tasked with overseeing the development and management of the player pool, build and guide the culture within the national team's environment, manage relationships with clubs and represent the USMNT on the global stage.

"I am incredibly honored to once again represent the national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation. It's critically important for everyone to understand the privilege and pride that goes with wearing the jersey, and I'm excited about the opportunity to build relationships with players and clubs that align with the philosophy and values of US Soccer," said McBride

"In this position, part of my job is to work alongside Gregg and his staff in fostering a growth mentality for the USMNT and to help Earnie ensure that this mindset is present in all of our youth national teams. I look forward to working with Earnie and Kate [Markgraf] to continue the progress we have made in the last two decades."

Now working for US Soccer in an official capacity, McBride will step away from some of his other jobs like his analyst position with ESPN FC.