Stewart appointed USMNT GM

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U.S. Soccer named their men’s national team General Manager on Wednesday with former USMNT star Earnie Stewart the new man in charge.

Stewart, 49, will leave his role as the technical director of Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union.

The former VVV Venlo, NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar technical director has been in constant talks with U.S. Soccer in recent days about taking on the newly created role.

He had been with the Philadelphia Union since January 2016.

Stewart, born in the Netherlands, scored 17 goals in 101 appearances for the USA as he played for the Stars and Stripes at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

New U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) President Carlos Cordeiro made appointing GMs for both the USMNT and USWNT a key part of his manifesto when winning the USSF presidential election in January 2018.

Eight months on from the USMNT crashing out of World Cup qualifying, the program can finally start to move on.

Dave Sarachan has been in charge on an interim basis since Bruce Arena stepped down following the USA’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Stewart’s first major decision will be helping U.S. Soccer hire a new permanent USMNT manager.