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February 27, 2024

From USWNT To Racing: Ryan Dell Appointed As First General Manager

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Racing Louisville FC has hired United States (U.S.) Women’s National Team manager Ryan Dell as its general manager.

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Reporting directly to club ownership, Dell will serve as a liaison between the team and front office, overseeing all soccer operations for Racing Louisville.

His duties include oversight of performance, player recruitment, and compliance as well as support and insight for players and staff while continuously implementing best practices across professional soccer.

The 30-year-old Dell comes to Racing Louisville after nine-plus years with the U.S. Soccer Federation, having spent his entire stint there with the Women’s National Team.

The University of Missouri graduate started as an equipment manager in 2013 and worked his way to his most recent role, serving as the leader of team operations.

He has played an integral role in the team’s preparations for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and was part of the support staff for the U.S. teams that won the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

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Dell is already familiar with several Racing players, having previously worked with Savannah DeMelo, Jaelin Howell, Jess McDonald, Paige Monaghan, and Carson Pickett when they’ve been called into USWNT senior or identification camps.

McDonald was part of the 2019 U.S. squad that won the FIFA World Cup in France, while DeMelo, Howell, and Pickett have all been called into national team camps over the past year.

Dell’s work as the USWNT Administrator and Team Manager focused on operations and logistics, ranging from preparing and managing the team’s budget, schedule, and travel to overseeing management and administration of issues related to the team’s collective bargaining agreement.

He has worked closely with two national team head coaches and one general manager to create the desired settings for success and player care, playing a vital role in all aspects of fostering a team environment and preparations.

A St. Louis native, Dell worked first as assistant equipment manager at the 2015 World Cup, then as the head equipment manager in 2019. He was promoted to Team Administrator shortly after the 2019 tournament.

His work in a number of key areas supporting a high-level soccer team made Dell an attractive candidate for the Racing GM position. Racing coach Kim Björkegren said Dell’s reputation preceded him, with Dell receiving rave reviews from players and USWNT staffers during the interview process.

Meanwhile…

Tuesday’s USWNT roster release included a number of players returning from injury and absence.

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Defenders Kelley O’Hara (hip), Tierna Davidson (ACL), and Casey Krueger (pregnancy) all return to camp after extended time away from the team.

Sophia Smith has also recovered from a lingering NWSL offseason injury.

O’Hara played a half for Gotham FC this weekend in her return from a hip injury.

Davidson played 82 minutes in her first game since last year’s ACL tear.
Big names missing: Megan Rapinoe (calf) and Catarina Macario (ACL)

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