LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The United States women’s national soccer team recently announced Emma Hayes as its new head coach. She will succeed Vlatko Andonovski, who resigned following the team’s early elimination from the World Cup.
Hayes, who is currently leading Chelsea FC Women for the 11th season of the 2023-24 Women’s Super League, will join the USWNT following the league’s conclusion.
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Interim head coach Twila Kilgore will continue until Hayes takes over
During the transition, Twila Kilgore acted as interim head coach and will continue until Hayes completes his tenure at Chelsea. Subsequently, Kilgore will join Hayes’ coaching staff as an assistant.
When she officially joins the team two months before the 2024 Olympics, Hayes “will become the highest-paid women’s soccer coach in the world,” according to US Soccer.
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While the financial details of his contract are not being disclosed, sources suggest his salary will nearly match that of United States men’s national soccer team coach Gregg Berhalter, who currently earns around $1.6 million dollars, according to People.
Expressing his gratitude, Hayes expressed his enthusiasm for the new role and called it a “huge honor” in a statement.
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“The feelings and connections I have for this team and for this country run deep. I have dreamed of coaching the United States for a long time, so having this opportunity is a dream come true. I know there is work to be done to achieve our goals of winning consistently at the highest levels,” Hayes’ statement added.
Hayes’ record raises expectations to dizzying heights
Hayes has an impressive track record, including numerous titles such as six Women’s Super League championships, one WSL Spring Series title, five Women’s FA Cups and two FA Women’s League Cups.
Recognizing her achievements, the U.S. Soccer Federation hailed her as a “proven winner” with an illustrious managerial career, highlighting her imminent leadership on the USWNT sideline.
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U.S. Soccer Athletic Director Matt Crocker finalized the decision to appoint Hayes after a meticulous selection process involving rigorous interviews, psychometric evaluations and strategic discussions.
Crocker said in a statement that Hayes’ “passion for the game, his coaching acumen, his ability to galvanize players and staff, his dedication to continuing to evolve as a coach and his qualities as a that no one” made him “stand out.”
Hayes’ appointment heralds a new chapter for the USWNT, with high expectations for his leadership, tactical prowess and ability to guide the team to further international success.
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