USWNT set to appoint Chelsea’s Emma Hayes as head coach: source

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The U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors has approved the hiring of Chelsea manager Emma Hayes as the new head coach of the U.S. women’s national team, a source with knowledge of the vote confirmed to ESPN on Saturday.

Followed by the official announcement of his appointment as the replacement of Vlatko Andonovski.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the board’s approval.

Sources also confirmed a report by The Athletic that Hayes’ deal would be a record for women’s soccer. A source confirmed to ESPN that bringing Hayes’ salary on par with U.S. men’s national team manager Greg Berhalter is set to be discussed at the board meeting.

Hayes is widely regarded as one of the top managers in the women’s game.

The USWNT has been coached on an interim basis since Andonovski stepped down after the team recorded its first-ever exit at the Women’s World Cup with a Round of 16 loss to Sweden.

Hayes will leave Chelsea at the end of the Women’s Super League (WSL) season “to pursue a new opportunity outside the WSL and club football,” the club said. announced in a statement After beating Aston Villa 6-0 on Saturday.

Hayes is expected to hold on to the USWNT and Chelsea jobs until the end of the WSL season. While Hayes plans to join the USWNT during the international window, there are potential conflicts.

The CONCACAF W Gold Cup will continue from February. From March 20 to 10, 2024, a period in which Chelsea play a league match against Manchester City in February. 18 and Leicester City on March 3. There are also questions about how the two job jumbles will affect the USWNT’s preparations for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

The London native began her managerial career in 2001 with the Long Island Lady Raiders of the US-based USL W-League. He later coached at Iona College from 2003–06 and then turned professional as Arsenal’s assistant from 2006–08. Her first head coaching role was with the Chicago Red Stars of Women’s Professional Soccer — the forerunner of the NWSL from 2008-10 — after moving to Chelsea in 2012, where she remained.

During her time with the West London club, Hayes led Chelsea to six WSL titles, five Women’s FA Cups and two FA Women’s League Cups.

Chelsea’s co-sporting directors said: “Given all the contributions he has made to the club over more than a decade and the legacy he has left behind, we will never stand in his way when he feels the time is right to pursue a new challenge, “Chelsea co-sporting directors Lawrence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said in a statement.

“There will be plenty of time at the club to celebrate Emma’s many achievements and give her the farewell she deserves, but for now, as she always has, Emma will focus on making this season as successful as possible for Chelsea.”

Chelsea had six different players on the scoresheet as they pipped Aston Villa to the top of the table with 13 points after five matches, three ahead of second-placed Man City, who face Arsenal on Sunday.

Hayes has been named FA WSL Manager of the Season six times and League Managers Association Manager of the Year five times. He was named the best football coach by FIFA in 2021.

Information from Reuters and ESPN’s Sophie Lawson contributed to this report

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