Jeff Carlisle | August 13, 2019
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced a pair of appointments on Monday, naming Kate Markgraf to be the first general manager of the U.S. women's national team, while also promoting Earnie Stewart to be the federation's first sporting director.
"This is a great day for the Federation and for soccer in America," said U.S. Soccer Federation president Carlos Cordeiro in a statement. "In Earnie Stewart and Kate Markgraf, we're keeping our commitment to ensure that soccer operations are run by soccer experts. With Earnie as Sporting Director and Kate as the first General Manager of our Women's National Team, we have the leaders in place to align our technical approach, develop the next generation of players and win championships."
One of Markgraf's first tasks will be to find a replacement for Jill Ellis, who is resigning as manager of the U.S. women's national team after the team's ongoing Victory Tour following its successful run to the 2019 Women's World Cup title.
The USSF stated that Markgraf's role would be larger than that of her counterpart on the men's national team side. It will include influencing the development of women's soccer within the federation and serving as the external liaison to all stakeholders.
The process by which Markgraf was hired was led by USSF vice president Cindy Parlow Cone, and was later approved by the federation's board of directors.
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