U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart is leaving his post to join Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, the U.S. federation announced Thursday.
The move, which U.S. Soccer said was “not impacted” by the Reyna-Berhalter scandal and the ongoing review of the U.S. men’s national team program, will deepen and prolong the uncertainty around the USMNT and its coaching future.
U.S. Soccer said in a news release that Stewart would leave on Feb. 15. The federation has retained Sportsology Group, a consulting firm, “to head the search for the organization’s next Sporting Director,” USSF said. “Working with key U.S. Soccer leadership, Sportsology has also already begun a full review of U.S. Soccer’s sporting department. The group will also analyze head coach candidates to accelerate the Sporting Director’s hiring process.”
U.S. Soccer hired Stewart in 2018 as the USMNT’s first-ever GM. Stewart led a relatively opaque coaching search, and essentially handpicked Gregg Berhalter to lead the program.
Earnie Stewart departs U.S. Soccer Federation and returns to Netherlands to join PSV Eindhoven
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) January 26, 2023
U.S. Soccer announces that Earnie Stewart is leaving his role as Sporting Director to join PSV Eindhoven. #USMNT pic.twitter.com/wNFK3U1XBL
— SiriusXM FC 157 ⚽️📻 (@SiriusXMFC) January 26, 2023