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Ali Curtis and Earnie Stewart interview for USMNT GM job

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The search for the USMNT general kicks into high gear.

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According to a report by mlssoccer.com’s Sam Stejskal, former New York Red Bulls sporting director Ali Curtis and current Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart have interviewed for the United States Men’s National Team general manager job.

Curtis was a star college at Duke University and had a brief professional career, playing in MLS from 2001-2004. He was hired by the MLS league office in 2007 and held a variety of positions including Senior Director of Player Relations and Competition.

Curtis joined the Red Bulls as sporting director in December 2014 and replaced head coach Mike Petke with Jesse Marsch. He oversaw the Red Bulls’ 2015 Supporters’ Shield winning season, but was fired shortly before the beginning of the 2017 season.

Dutch-born Earnie Stewart played professionally from 1988-2005, spending the bulk of his career in the Netherlands. Stewart, the son of a U.S. serviceman, earned 101 caps for the USMNT from 1990-2004. After retiring, he served as technical director of Dutch Eredivisie sides NAC Breda and AZ Alkmaar. Since 2015, Stewart has been the sporting director for the Philadelphia Union.

Seattle Sounders GM Gareth Lagerway and Atlanta United vice president Carlos Bocanegra were previously linked with position, but Bocanegra withdrew from consideration. He was then named to the committee responsible for interviewing candidates for the USMNT and USWNT GM jobs. It’s unclear at this time if Lagerway has been interviewed.

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