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Steve Cherundolo named Hannover U-17 coach

The former USMNT great gets a full-time coaching gig

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Former United States defender Steve Cherundolo has gotten into coaching. One of the best fullbacks in USMNT history, 'Dolo was always known for his intelligence on the field. Now he's hoping that high soccer IQ that helped him play in two World Cups will translate to a long career in coaching.

Cherundolo has spent time as an assistant coach to the senior Hannover team, managed their reserves, and U-15 teams. Hannover announced on Saturday that he would replace Christoph Dabrowski as their new U-17 coach.

Dubbed "The Mayor of Hannover" because of his long and distinct history with the club, he appeared an astonishing 370 times for the Bundesliga side.

Nico Micharty, head of the Hannover youth department, said that Cherundolo was the best man for the job. "We're convinced that Steven Cherundolo is the best solution as successor to Christoph Dabrowski as coach of our under-17 youth team. He has done an exceptional job in his first year as youth coach."

Cherundolo had 87 caps for the USA's senior team and scored two goals. While his immediate coaching future currently lies with his beloved Hannover, here's to hoping he gets involved with the U.S. Soccer setup down the road.