Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Hudson resigns as interim USA coach, Callaghan takes over

CHICAGO (AP) – Anthony Hudson stepped down as interim head coach of the United States on Tuesday, just two weeks before they face Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals.

Hudson was replaced by BJ Callaghan, another survivor of former selector Greg Berhalter’s coaching staff.

Hudson’s departure became official six years after the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) announced that he would remain in charge of the senior team until the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer. According to the federation, Hudson had accepted a position with a club but did not identify the team’s name or role.

The USSF indicated that the decision to give Callaghan, 41, the interim position was made by Matt Crocker, who will take over as the federation’s sporting director on August 2 following his separation from Southampton, a club that was just recently relegated. Has gone. League English Premier.

Crocker will lead the search for a permanent coach for the team heading into the 2026 World Cup, which the Americans will co-host.

Hudson was named interim manager on 4 January, four days after Berhalter’s contract expired.

The head coach of the men’s national team has been vacant since Berhalter was sidelined during an investigation into a dispute with the family of midfielder Gio Reyna. Berhalter led the Americans to the last 16 of the World Cup last year and his contract expires on December 31.

In his stewardship, Hudson led the Americans to two wins, two draws and one loss.

Callaghan is expected to meet European club figures Christian Pulisic, Folarin Balogun, Tim Weah, Weston McKennie and Reyna for the CONCACAF Nations League final. The defending champions will face Mexico on June 15.

The Gold Cup starts on 24 June and ends on 16 July, although most of the European heavyweights are expected to pull out.

Callaghan was hired by the USSF in January 2019 as a tactical analyst and assistant coach, a month after Berhalter took over as the team’s coach. He was Hudson’s assistant this year.

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