Emma Hayes named USA Women’s football team head coach
Emma Hayes previously managed Chelsea Women’s team
The women’s national team of the United States hit a lofty goal with great aim.
Just a few weeks after Vlatko Andonovski resigned due to the team’s devastating FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 exit, the USWNT introduced Emma Hayes as the team’s new head coach on Tuesday.
As the country’s tenth full-time coaching position in programme history, Hayes is presently the manager of Chelsea in the Women’s Super League in England.
The USWNT stated that Hayes is expected to become the highest-paid women’s football coach in the world, though contract details were not disclosed.
“This is a huge honor to be given the opportunity to coach the most incredible team in world football history,” Hayes said in a statement. “The feelings and connection I have for this team and for this country run deep.
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“I’ve dreamed about coaching the USA for a long time so to get this opportunity is a dream come true. I know there is work to do to achieve our goals of winning consistently at the highest levels. To get there, it will require dedication, devotion and collaboration from the players, staff and everyone at the U.S. Soccer Federation.”
Emma Hayes will have two months with the squad before the Paris Games since she won’t take over until May 2024, when Chelsea’s season ends. Between are four scheduled games for the United States. In the meantime, Twila Kilgore will stay on Hayes’ team through May.
Born and raised in London, Emma Hayes began a coaching profession in the United States in 2001 by joining the Long Island Rough Riders. With spells at the Chicago Red Stars (now of the NWSL) from 2008 to 2010 and Arsenal in England from 2006 to 2008, she progressively rose through the ranks.
Following her 2012 arrival at Chelsea, Hayes served as a key player in the team’s six Women’s Super League championships, one WSL Spring Series triumph, five Women’s FA Cups, and two FA Women’s League Cups.
Under Hayes, Chelsea advanced to the UEFA Women’s Champions League Final in 2021 and won the 2021 FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year award. She is one of the 2023 prize finalists.
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