United States’ Earnie Stewart Aiming to Name New Coach by end of 2018

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

United States National Team general manager Earnie Stewart is aiming to name a brand new head coach by the end of 2018.

Stewart says that he has finished completing a profile for the next manager and will begin the interview process soon.

“It’s important that you have a set profile of the head coach, what kind of characteristics you need to have,” Stewart said, according to ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle. “That starts with the values of the American player and what U.S. soccer is about.

“It’s not about Earnie’s coach or anything like that. It’s about having a coach that is good for U.S. soccer and where we want to go to.”

Stewart said that a manager’s profile won’t be associated with strategy, formations or systems, but more about the culture, and style of play that they aim to instill in the national team roster.

“There’s been a lot of talk about the style of play,” Stewart said. “We’ve had a lot of conversations about that, what to call that. When you look at it, it’s more style of play, principles of play, it’s an overarching view of soccer and the values that we have in the U.S., how we want to identify with our team that you see on the field. That is something that is almost come to a finish.”

“It’s somebody that has to have a ‘we’ mentality, who wants to work together,” he said. “That’s important. In this day and age I don’t think one person can do the whole job, especially a country as big as this.”

“That’s why the profile is set,” Stewart continued. “What I believe in is you sit down with the person that you want, then you have discussions with them; long and very hard discussions. Then it works or it doesn’t work. But it’s not like I’m going to have eight people sitting there and then make a choice from that.

“From a profile, a style of play, all those things, there will be somebody that jumps out in everybody’s mind…you will sit down with that candidate. That’s very clear. You’ll find out with everything we’ve already put in place and the characteristics if that all meets. It could be that it is one candidate.”