A New Chapter for Emma Hayes Emma Hayes, the esteemed manager of Chelsea’s women’s team, is poised to embark on a new journey as the head coach of the United States women’s national team. This transition will take place following the conclusion of the Women’s Super League (WSL) season in May.
Hayes’ Successful Legacy at Chelsea Since joining the WSL in 2012, Hayes has led Chelsea to an impressive array of victories, securing 13 major trophies. Her tenure with Chelsea is marked by six WSL titles, including four consecutive wins, five FA Cups, and two League Cup victories. Her success earned her a spot in the WSL Hall of Fame in 2021.
Dream Opportunity with the US Team Hayes expressed her excitement about the new role, stating, “This is a huge honor to be given the opportunity to coach the most incredible team in world football history.” She emphasized her deep connection to the US team and her aspirations to maintain their winning legacy at the highest levels.
US Soccer’s Expectations Cindy Parlow, US Soccer president, praised Hayes as a “world-class coach” and a “fantastic leader.” She highlighted Hayes’ extensive experience in the US, her understanding of American soccer, and her commitment to excellence.
Transition Timeline Hayes will transition to her new role with the national team in the summer of 2024, after completing her commitments with Chelsea. The WSL season ends on May 18, 2024, and the Women’s Champions League final is scheduled for May 25. Hayes will join the US team in preparation for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, starting on July 26, 2024.
Interim and Future Plans Twila Kilgore, currently serving as the interim head coach, will continue in her role before joining Hayes’ staff as an assistant coach. Hayes’ first major challenge will be to rebuild the US team, which experienced an early exit from the 2023 World Cup.
A Rich Coaching Background Hayes’ coaching career is extensive, beginning with Long Island Lady Riders, followed by a tenure at Iona College. She also served as assistant manager at Arsenal and later as head coach for Chicago Red Stars.
Understanding the Cultural Significance Hayes acknowledged the cultural and societal importance of the US team, stating, “I fully understand the place this team has in US society. I’ve lived it.” Her appointment signifies not only a new era for US women’s soccer but also an acknowledgment of her profound impact on the sport.
Emma Hayes’ appointment as head coach of the US women’s national team is a testament to her remarkable achievements and deep understanding of soccer. As she prepares to lead one of the world’s most formidable teams, the soccer community eagerly anticipates the next chapter in her distinguished career.