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U-17 Shake-Up (continued)

Here's the latest on the U.S. under-17 boys' program:

John Hackworth is out as coach and will have an administrative role with the youth development programs, I assume related to the new nationwide club system. Assistants Raul Diaz Arce and Keith Fulk have been dismissed, Tim Mulqueen will move to the under-20 and under-23 teams and Brian Maisonneuve will remain in the u-17 system. The search for a new coach/program director is underway. The name I've heard mentioned: France's Gerard Houllier.

Back soon with United news......

By Steve Goff  |  October 23, 2007; 2:29 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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Does this mean that whenever the U-17s scrimmage the Galaxy, thousands of Salvadorans will show up to cheer for LA?

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 23, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse


out=new role


Posted by: sitruc | October 23, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Houllier? Really? Wouldn't he see this as slumming? If it's for real he could be an awesome pickup. He has been criticized for underachieving here and there, but he has a lot of experience in the excellent French youth development system and has coached at the highest level. If he came, he could make it fashionable for other experienced Euro coaches to cross the pond and help the USA.

Posted by: Hedbal | October 23, 2007 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that whenever the U-17s scrimmage the Galaxy, thousands of Salvadorans will show up to cheer for LA?

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 23, 2007 02:58 PM

Well played, sir!

Posted by: Rob | October 23, 2007 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Houllier? Really? We should be so lucky as to get a high-level Euro coach for our U-17s. I know he had mixed results with Liverpool, but he has lots of experience with the excellent French youth development program. If he comes, perhaps it will be fashionable for more Euro coaches to cross the pond and help soccer development in the USA.

Posted by: Hedbal | October 23, 2007 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that whenever the U-17s scrimmage the Galaxy, thousands of Salvadorans will show up to cheer for LA?

Posted by: EdTheRed | October 23, 2007 02:58 PM

Gotta give you props on that one.
Well done, Bro.

Posted by: yankiboy | October 23, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Etcheverry for coach! I heard in an interview on Univision that he is going to be traveling with the U20 boys to argentina?

Whats the story behind that.

Beyond him getting some coaching experience out of it, and taking some classes in Argentina.

Posted by: Cracker Jack | October 23, 2007 4:37 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that it wasn't so long ago that Houllier was mentioned as a serious prospect for the national team job -- one of the reasons Bradley was given the "interim" title initially. If Houllier is considering the U-17 job, I would guess he's positioning himself for the top job someday....Whatever the case may be, this would be a real coup for the U.S. program.

Posted by: FischFry | October 23, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

I would not read too much into the fact that Marco is on that trip.

You know how Red Sox fans say 'Manny being Manny' about Manny Ramirez?

The same could be said about Marco Antonio Etcheverry. I don't see him running a development program of any kind.

Posted by: Goff | October 23, 2007 5:13 PM | Report abuse


Gerard Houllier? Really?

Posted by: AlexandriaDan | October 23, 2007 5:36 PM | Report abuse

A Houllier appointment would be a break in USSF's usual pattern of sticking to our set of usual suspects.

That would be a refreshing change.

Posted by: seahawkdad | October 23, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Diaz Arce was an assistant with our U-17 program? Wow.

Posted by: Confused | October 23, 2007 6:50 PM | Report abuse

1. Too bad about Raul Diaz Arce.

2. Houllier would be a major coup of the highest level. The French experience is probably the best example for the USA to emulate in terms of growing talent and a particular kind of talent.

Posted by: JoeW | October 23, 2007 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Wait, this is the same Houllier that tried to emulate bunkering-defensive football over the beautiful game wherever he coached? :D

Posted by: peteo | October 23, 2007 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Only drawback to Houllier was as hinted at before, that he might be there more to look over the shoulder of the MNT coach than to guide the U-17s.

Posted by: Stan | October 23, 2007 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Houllier was just hired as technical director for the French federation within the last month.

Posted by: hunnic | October 23, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

Finally. And at least their thinking "Houllier" instead of "Sigi Re-tread". We seriously need to break the recycling trend if the USSF is going to move forward and the teams get to the next level.

Posted by: Mason16 | October 24, 2007 8:53 AM | Report abuse

That current staff has done a remarkable job in the whole picture. let's look at the facts people. The main emphasis is player development down in Bradenton. Do you know how many residency players were on the field when USA beat Brazil in the U-20 world cup? 7 of the 11. How about the Full-team? Every roster has had at least 9 - 11 guys who went through residency. That staff is developing players and preparing them to carry on a future in soccer.

Posted by: Thunder dome | October 24, 2007 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hackworth was just named an assistant ... for the full national team?

Posted by: Ric | October 24, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to Thunder dome for recognizing the fact that player development has been priority Number One down in Bradenton. The staff has done an incredible job being leaders to young men, and all you have to do is look at the amount of scholarships and opportunities given to countless kids that would otherwise not have had a chance of going to college, as well as the number of alums that are now professionals contributing at both club and National Team levels.
So they didn't bring home any hardware, big deal...that is no reason to completely change things in Bradenton.

Posted by: Duval | October 24, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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