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Report: Earnie Stewart interviewed for USMNT general manager position

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Former Red Bull sporting director Ali Curtis also mentioned in report

Trey Madara

Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart recently interviewed for the newly created general manager position for the United States Men’s National Team, according to a report on MLSsoccer.com.

The report from Sam Stejskal cites unnamed sources identifying both Stewart and former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis as candidates who have been interviewed for the post, which was created in December by the U.S. Soccer’s Board of Directors.

The search committee for the post, which includes executives, board members and former national team players, was charged with identifying up to six candidates for the position and making a recommendation to the Board of Directors. No timeframe has been identified for filling the post.

Stewart, 49, was hired by the Philadelphia Union as sporting director in October 2015 after spending nearly a decade in the Dutch Eredevisie as an executive for NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar. During his playing career, Stewart earned 101 caps for the USMNT and appeared in every match for the U.S. at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

Seattle Sounders GM Garth Lagerwey is also reportedly a candidate. Atlanta United vice president Carlos Bocanegra was initially a candidate but withdrew his name and is now serving on the search committee.