USWNT with new technical team under Emma Hayes

U.S. Soccer has announced several additions to the U.S. Women’s National Team
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US Soccer has announced the new coaching staff for the U.S. Women's National Team, marking the official start of Emma Hayes' era as head coach. Hayes, who spent the last 12 years at Chelsea, brings three members of her coaching staff from the London team with her. With this new addition, we can expect a more competitive American team, as they all have significant qualities to contribute to the growth of the USWNT.

Denise Reddy, an American with experience as both a player and coach, joins Hayes as an assistant. Reddy, who holds a UEFA Pro License, was Hayes' assistant at Chelsea for the past four years and brings a deep tactical knowledge. Her experience in Europe and the NWSL will be valuable for the players' development. Another crucial member is Stuart Searle, who spent two decades with the Blues and will take on the role of goalkeeping coach.

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Twila Kilgore, who served as interim coach, will remain on the staff as an assistant, ensuring continuity and a smooth transition. Additionally, Bart Caubergh joins the team as the new program director, tasked with aligning the technical and operational goals of the team.

Set to debut with the USWNT next Saturday in a friendly against South Korea, Hayes expressed her excitement about the team: “We already have a fantastic team, and we all saw the wonderful work Twila did with the team over the past six months. I am excited to integrate these new team members who I know will contribute to a positive, competitive, and inclusive environment for the players. I can't wait to get started”.

All these changes demonstrate that US Soccer is investing in the future of the women's national team with a robust and innovative approach. Under Hayes' command, Chelsea experienced a period of success in England, which is considered by many to be the strongest league currently. However, transitioning from a club environment to the international stage presents numerous challenges. Hayes, famous for her meticulous tactical preparation — something lacking for the USWNT in the 2023 World Cup — will have to adapt her strategies for a format where training time is limited.

Even at Chelsea, Hayes studied the U.S. women's national soccer team. Tasked with bringing the USWNT back to the top, the new coach will have two preparatory friendlies before the Paris Olympic Games, the main competition of the year. A curious mix of anticipation remains: will Hayes, with a successful club career, be able to place the USWNT at the top? It is something we will have to watch closely