The next challenge for the trailblazing Chelsea coach in English football will be to turn around the US women’s national team’s performance.
The United States national team is in desperate need of revitalization following its early elimination from the 2023 Women’s World Cup, and Emma Hayes, the coach of Chelsea, has been given the responsibility.
The 47-year-old has blazed new ground in England, and some believe the “outsider” will bring much-needed fresh air to the US women’s game.
With four World Cup victories under its belt, the US women’s football team has led the field for decades.
There were great expectations for the Americans to achieve a “three-peat” of championships in this year’s World Cup after their victories in 2015 and 2019. However, they were eliminated in the round of 16 by Sweden on penalties.
Vlatko Andonovski, the coach, was questioned about his performance after the shocking departure. He subsequently resigned, and Twila Kilgore took over as temporary coach.
The US Soccer Federation said earlier this month that Hayes, who will depart Chelsea at the conclusion of this season, would assume leadership of the US squad two months before to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Hayes will be managing a national squad for the first time with the US role. Nonetheless, she has a very excellent resume and is one of the most prominent coaches in the women’s game.
Since taking over in 2012, Hayes has led Chelsea to six Women’s Super League titles, including the past four in a row, five Women’s FA Cups, and two Women’s League Cups, helping to establish Chelsea as the dominating power in English women’s football.
In 2021, she guided them to the Women’s Champions League final and won the FIFA Women’s Coach of the Year award.
Hayes played American football with the Chicago Red Stars, Iona Gaels, and Long Island Lady Riders prior to joining Chelsea.