McBride as US Men’s Soccer General Manager

McBride as US Men’s Soccer General Manager

NEW YORK (AP) – Brian McBride is stepping down as general manager of the U.S. men’s national team, U.S. Soccer’s athletic director Earnie Stewart told the governing body’s board of directors.

Stewart briefed the board during his presentation at the end of the board’s executive session Thursday, a person familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the decision, first reported by ESPN, was not announced.

McBride had held the job for three years. Stewart did not tell the board whether the former U.S. team star will be replaced in the role, the person said.

USSF President Cindy Parlow Cone and spokesman Neil Buethe did not respond to requests for comment.

McBride briefed and supervised former teammates in his GM role and was involved in a controversy with another former teammate.

Stewart, 53, played for the United States in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups and was hired as the team’s first general manager in June 2018 as part of a management shakeup that followed the Americans’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. In December 2018, he recommended to the board that Gregg Berhalter be hired as coach.

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