Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
Chelsea manager Emma Hayes will officially take over as the head coach of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) in 2024, U.S. Soccer announced.
She will see out the rest of Chelsea’s season before joining the U.S. four games before the 2024 Olympics.
Hayes will become the highest-paid coach in women’s soccer with the hire, U.S. Soccer said in a release.
Hayes’ base pay will be around $1.6 million, comparable to USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter, FOX Soccer reported on Tuesday.
Current interim manager Twila Kilgore will remain in charge of the USWNT until Hayes can join the team in May.
Kilgore will oversee the team’s December friendlies and the Gold Cup, which will take place during the usual SheBelieves Cup international break.
The appointment of Hayes has raised the question of whether the USWNT job is the biggest women’s national team role in the world. Time will answer that lingering question.
Reigning NCAA women’s soccer champion UCLA is out of this year’s NCAA Tournament, after losing 1-0 in the first round to UC Irvine.
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This is the third year in a row the Anteaters have opened the tournament with a win over either UCLA or USC.
UC Irvine’s win was one of two upsets in the first round, with Tennessee also taking down No. 4 seed Xavier.
Stanford now takes over as the top seed in UCLA’s quadrant of the bracket.
The Anteaters will take on No. 8 seed Gonzaga in the second round on Friday.
Stanford will meet No. 7 seed South Carolina.
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