Rumors are flourishing aplenty concerning who will be next in line to fill the role of head coach for the USMNT. While some view it as a position few would want, others think it’s still one of the most attractive jobs in worldwide soccer. Regardless, it is largely considered to be a big position in charge of considerable resources and what is generally one of the better soccer teams in the world.
Two different and fairly well known managers have popped up recently as apparent first choice replacements for the formerly departed Bruce Arena. One is recently resigned Mexican head coach Juan Carlos Osorio. He’s well liked due to his familiarity with CONCACAF and the United States in general having coached in MLS twice there. Also, he didn’t have a bad run with El Tri collecting a record of 33 wins, 9 draws, and 10 losses over the course of three years with them. Many consider him to be tactically adept, although he’s been known to over experiment and end up confusing fans and analysts alike. However, he did at least lead Mexico into the round of 16 of the World Cup again, although they severely disappointed once there.
The other name being brought up is David Moyes who brings a lot of baggage with him. Formerly a manager so highly respected that he was handpicked by Alex Ferguson to manage Manchester United after him, Moyes’ reputation has only suffered setbacks since that appointment. He didn’t last a year at Old Trafford and his position as the man in charge of Real Sociedad went just as bad. He moved back to the Premier League with Sunderland and ended up leading them to relegation. Last season he did manage to guide West Ham United to a mid-table appearance, somewhat repairing his resume. Most see him as a sub-par manager for those failures, but he still has a solid reputation and seems to be fairly good at building a foundation for teams that really need it. The USMNT would be one of those teams. However, he does not have any international coaching experience.
However, neither of those rumors should be believed whatsoever. First off, credible soccer sources such as Stu Holden have effectively shot some of them down:
The Moyes to #USMNT rumor is just that, a rumor – doesn’t make sense on many levels. As usual, lots of names will be linked with high profile USMNT job, often times by agents to get free publicity and leverage.
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) August 19, 2018
Even more important, I know Earnie Stewart. Stewart is the new General Manager of US Soccer, charged with selecting the next manager to lead the team. He is the consummate professional and he was famous for one important thing when he was Sporting Director of the Philadelphia Union: nothing leaked to the press. By that I mean that transfer rumors absolutely never got out to the press even the slightest bit before players were signed. It was one of the most fascinating (and frustrating) parts of the being a Union fan. There were no juicy rumors nor speculation to go on. It was as if nothing was being done until two players were signed and another traded on the same day.
Now it may be more difficult to keep a lid on this new job as the GM of US Soccer. It’s certainly a bigger organization with a huge budget and he might not have the same authority as when he was with the Union. However, if there is one thing I know about Stewart is that he will try his hardest to not let anything leak to the press and the fact that there are now two “leads” for the USMNT job point to the actual man in charge of the search not being connected with them. If I was a betting man, I’d bet against either of those rumors being worth anything as far as predicting the next coach of US Soccer. As far as I’m concerned and every other fan should be concerned, it’s still wide open.