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Anticipation Grows as Emma Hayes Poised to Lead US Women’s Soccer, According to AP Insider

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Emma Hayes US Soccer Coach

Emma Hayes of Chelsea FC is on the brink of being appointed the head coach for the United States women’s national soccer team, an insider with knowledge of the ongoing discussions informed The Big Big News on Saturday.

The source, requesting anonymity due to the non-public status of the negotiations, corroborated earlier reports by the Washington Post and The Equalizer, a specialized women’s soccer portal.

The anticipated appointment of Hayes is pending the ratification of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s board.

In a development earlier in the day, Chelsea communicated Hayes’s decision to depart from the Women’s Super League champions at the culmination of the current campaign, citing her intention to explore a fresh venture beyond the realms of WSL and club-level soccer.

During her tenure with Chelsea, Hayes has clinched a total of 14 significant titles, inclusive of six WSL crowns.

Vlatko Andonovski, the former U.S. head coach, stepped down after the team’s participation in the recent Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand. The U.S. team, aiming for a third consecutive World Cup victory, experienced an unprecedented early tournament exit, bowing out on penalties to Sweden in the Round of 16.

Prior to this, the U.S. team’s record never dipped below third place in the World Cup’s history.

Appointed in October 2019, Andonovski’s tenure concluded with a record of 51 wins, 5 losses, and 9 draws. His record in major championships stood at 3 wins, 2 losses, and 5 draws.

Following his resignation, Andonovski took up the coaching mantle at Kansas City Current in the National Women’s Soccer League. Twila Kilgore, formerly his assistant on the national team, has been serving as the interim head coach.

With the Paris Olympics on the horizon, there is an accelerated effort to fill the coaching vacancy. The U.S. team is scheduled to play two friendlies against China, on December 2 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and on December 5 in Toyota Stadium, just outside Dallas.

Among the potential candidates were Tony Gustavsson, a previous U.S. assistant now at the helm of Australia’s women’s team, and Laura Harvey of OL Reign in the NWSL.

Hayes, who has been with Chelsea since 2012, has achieved two league and cup doubles and one treble. She has left an indelible mark on the sport, with her achievements deeply embedded in Chelsea’s history, as lauded by co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.

Her coaching career also includes stints in the U.S. with the Long Island Lady Riders, Iona College, and the Chicago Red Stars.

Before Hayes concludes her chapter with Chelsea, she remains in contention to secure her seventh WSL title.

For more on this developing story, visit AP soccer at The Big Big News Soccer Section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Emma Hayes US Soccer Coach

Who is expected to become the new coach of the US women’s national soccer team?

Emma Hayes, the current manager of Chelsea’s women’s team, is anticipated to be named as the new head coach of the US women’s national soccer team, with official confirmation pending from U.S. Soccer’s board of directors.

Has Emma Hayes won any major titles with Chelsea?

Yes, Emma Hayes has led Chelsea to 14 major trophies, including six Women’s Super League titles, since she took over the team.

Why did former U.S. coach Vlatko Andonovski resign?

Vlatko Andonovski resigned following the US team’s exit from the Women’s World Cup this past summer, where the team had an unprecedented early departure after losing to Sweden in the Round of 16.

What is the urgency behind appointing a new US women’s soccer coach?

The urgency lies in the preparation for the upcoming Paris Olympics next summer. The US team has friendlies scheduled and needs a new coach to lead the team into these matches and the Olympic games.

Were there other candidates considered for the US women’s soccer head coach position?

Yes, Tony Gustavsson, the coach of Australia’s women’s team, and Laura Harvey, coach of OL Reign in the NWSL, were also considered for the role.

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