Ex-United States star Brian McBride named USMNT general manager

Former United States international Brian McBride has been named general manager of the men's national team, U.S. Soccer announced Friday.

McBride takes the position formerly held by Earnie Stewart, who was promoted to sporting director last August. McBride, a three-time World Cup veteran and former international teammate of Stewart, will report directly to him, and begin work immediately. McBride is currently heading to Bradenton, Florida, where U.S. men's manager Gregg Berhalter is currently holding a training camp.

"We are thrilled to have Brian McBride assume the role as general manager of the U.S. Men's National Team," Stewart said. "Through his impressive career as a three-time World Cup veteran and at clubs in England, Germany and the United States, he has earned the respect of his peers around the world. The hard-earned reputation will allow him to forge important relationships both internationally and here at home, and his understanding of the game and what it takes to succeed at the highest levels will be invaluable to our player pool and our staff."

McBride emerged from a list of 20 candidates, some of whom were from abroad. The process was coordinated by Stewart, and he was assisted by U.S. women's national team GM and head of women's football Kate Markgraf. McBride was recommended to the USSF technical committee for approval and ratification by the USSF board of directors.

McBride's primary responsibilities will be to oversee the development and management of the player pool, build and guide the culture within the national team environment, and manage relationships with clubs.

"I am incredibly honored to once again represent the national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation," McBride said. "It's critically important for everyone to understand the privilege and pride that goes with wearing the jersey, and I'm excited about the opportunity to build relationships with players and clubs that align with the philosophy and values of U.S. Soccer.

"In this position, part of my job is to work alongside Gregg and his staff in fostering a growth mentality for the USMNT and to help Earnie ensure that this mindset is present in all of our youth national teams. I look forward to working with Earnie and Kate to continue the progress we have made in the last two decades."

McBride's playing career spanned 16 years, including stints with Wolfsburg, the Columbus Crew, Fulham and the Chicago Fire. He also had loan spells with Preston North End and Everton. All told, he made 450 league and cup appearances at club level, scoring 144 goals.

At international level, McBride played 95 times for the United States and scored 30 goals.