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Post #1
Friday January 10, 2020 11:53pm

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https://www.ussoccer.com/stories/2020/01/bria...

McBride's primary areas of focus will be to oversee the development and management of the player pool, build and guide the culture within the Men's National Team environment, manage relationships with clubs and represent the USMNT on the global stage.

what's the verdict?
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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Saturday January 11, 2020 10:24pm

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It's a great hire. Couldn't have done much better than Brian McBride. Now how do we get more former US players in the youth national teams? Would love to see Cherundolo as the next U17 coach.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #3
Sunday January 12, 2020 6:28pm

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We also need to get more Latino coaches involved. Being assistants, head coaches etc....

Lilshmike
Post #4
Tuesday January 14, 2020 7:04pm

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Candidly, I don't really understand what his role is...

"Oversee development and management of the player pool, build and guide the culture within the Men's National Team environment, manage relationships with clubs and represent the USMNT on the global stage"

Oversee development and management of the player pool... sounds more like the role of the technical director, not McBride. One could possibly expand this into selection of the player pool to the USMNT, which should be the job of the manager, not McBride.

Build and guide culture... ok... vague role to be frank. Not entirely sure what that would or would not entail.

Manage relationships with clubs... so does McBride serve as the liaison between the USMNT and all the clubs that USMNT players play on? That seems to be more like a job for the Manager and his assistants.

Represent the USMNT on the global stage... again, very vague. What exactly is that? Is it supposed to be some PR role? Will he be giving talks and be the "face" of the USMNT?

To be honest, I see one of two things occurring with the McBride hiring:
1) This is a position that is vague and broad in scope, with no real defined role for McBride... bringing him in as a recognized name to serve as a figure head and face of the team in hopes of generating some buzz/excitement about the USMNT during a time when fan sentiment is at near an all time low, while simultaneously serving as the fall guy if bad things occur - thus taking heat off Stewart and Cordeiro
2) McBride is going to be making all of the decisions for the USMNT, from player selection to youth development, effectively leaving the manager with no real duty other than selecting the starting 11 for games

The USMNT isn't a club team, so the role of a GM would be wildly different... and with Earnie already (at least appearing to be) pulling pretty much all the string and making hiring decisions in the background... it really leaves me to wonder... what exactly is this hiring for?

Lilshmike
Post #5
Tuesday January 14, 2020 7:16pm

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Original post from 2tone

We also need to get more Latino coaches involved. Being assistants, head coaches etc....
We should hire the best coaches available and willing to take the job.

It shouldn't matter if the coach is Mexican, American, Canadian, Egyptian, Nigerian, Cambodian, or whatever.

As long as the individual can get the best out of our players and win games, thats really all that matters.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #6
Wednesday January 15, 2020 2:37am

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Original post from Lilshmike

We should hire the best coaches available and willing to take the job.

It shouldn't matter if the coach is Mexican, American, Canadian, Egyptian, Nigerian, Cambodian, or whatever.

As long as the individual can get the best out of our players and win games, thats really all that matters.


Infer what you are saying, I really do. With that being said it's hard to see that the majority of coaches in USMNT circles and MLS are of a certain ethnicity. Now I don't know if there is any racial biases going on, but it does raise eyebrows. And it does matter for kids of different ethnicities to see people in coaching positions that look like them.

Lilshmike
Post #7
Wednesday January 15, 2020 3:58pm

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Original post from 2tone

Infer what you are saying, I really do. With that being said it's hard to see that the majority of coaches in USMNT circles and MLS are of a certain ethnicity. Now I don't know if there is any racial biases going on, but it does raise eyebrows. And it does matter for kids of different ethnicities to see people in coaching positions that look like them.
Don't necessarily disagree, and I get what you're saying.

I could be wrong, but I feel like the issue isn't exactly coaching... its poaching. Mexico has scouts and coaches in the US with the sole purpose of finding players who are eligible for them and convincing them to play for Mexico. And in one recent incident, this happened with them poaching a coach. I don't think we have that.

The whole US "not prioritizing" young Hispanic players of dual nationality only became a hot topic once Jonathan Gonzalez switched. The only other player this has really happened to is Effrain Alvarez... who is still eligible for us. The reality is that we have gained more than we have lost.

I don't see making diverse hires for the sake of making diverse hires as the solution. I do, however, think that we need to start poaching coaches and scouts from Mexico, or hire people with dual backgrounds in those positions, to be tasked with scouting, monitoring, and fostering relationships with younger players and their families to get and keep them in the USMNT setup. By virtue of the field of candidates that would be qualified for those positions... yes, they would likely be Hispanic hires.

So bringing it full circle, I think its the scouting roles that should be focused on instead of the coaches. May even make sense to have head scouts for each age group and have a "secondary staff" outside the coaches who locate, monitor, and communicate with players at the youth level as coaches can come and go. Maybe they do that right now, but I really doubt it.


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