McBride named General Manager

Discussion in 'USA Men: News & Analysis' started by beamish, Jan 10, 2020.

  1. Clint Eastwood

    Clint Eastwood Member+

    Dec 23, 2003
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Great move. Now onward........................
     
  2. Master O

    Master O Member+

    Jul 7, 2006
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How badly will McBride screw this up?
     
  3. rgli13

    rgli13 Member+

    Mar 23, 2005
    Memphis, Tn
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    is he in any way qualified? what does the position even do? does anything even matter?
     
  4. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    So this is like a faux-GM position right?
     
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  5. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Here's what he will do:

    "McBride’s primary areas of focus will be to oversee the development and management of the player pool, build and guide the culture within the Men’s National Team environment, manage relationships with clubs and represent the USMNT on the global stage. "

    Stewart hired one of he and Berhalter's 2002 World Cup teammates and USMNT great with little general management experience to do this job. This is a big job with a lot of moving parts, but mainly relates to player management. Scouting, development, communication, etc. I'm sure that he'll also be working with Berhalter to make decisions on who to bring into camps.

    This should be interesting. Fans in the US fancy themselves as general manager know-it-alls. Now the object of their disdain becomes Brian McBride, a guy who Fulham fans love so much that he has been memorialized there. USMNT fans also have quite an affection for him for his performance, work ethic and character.

    Let Big Soccer v. McBride begin.

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  6. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Okay, I get that there aren’t exactly a million General Managers with knowledge in the beautiful game, but honestly, why McBride? Is it because he can sacrifice his work-life balance by living in Chicago?
     
  7. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Ah, so there's the new narrative...Berhalter = BAD, Stewart = BAD, McBride = GOOD...so as for now, Berhalter + Stewart + McBride* = BAD, where *= not really a factor.
     
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  8. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    How many of those complaining about work life balance were working primarily for the USMNT?
     
  9. ebbro

    ebbro Member+

    Jun 10, 2005
    Only candidate willing to live in Chicago?
     
  10. AutoPenalti

    AutoPenalti Am I famous yet?

    Sep 26, 2011
    Coconut Creek
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Let me go ask glassdoor.
     
  11. FirstStar

    FirstStar Hustlin' for the USA

    Feb 1, 2005
    Time's Arrow
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting. Loved him as a player and have no doubt he will give heart and soul for this job. Does he know how to do the job? That's a legit question. In the press release, there are 6 paragraphs detailing his soccer achievements (and, clearly, he could ball, best pure forward the US has ever produced). There's one on his post-playing life:

    "For the past seven years, McBride has provided expert on-air analysis and commentary, first for FOX and then ESPN. In 2011, he founded McBride’s Attacking Soccer Academy, and he was the Co-Founder & Chief Strategic Officer for TiPEVO in charge of strategic offerings and outreach to the youth sports community. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Saint Louis University and a USSF ‘B’ License."

    That's some relevant experience, but this is his first GM stint. It's a big job for a first time GM. Hope he knocks it out of the park.
     
  12. gogorath

    gogorath Member+

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    At first blush, I thought it was hilarious how much love the McBride hire was getting -- people love him, so they were just ignoring that he seems eminently unqualified. I was hoping for someone with strong player development credentials, perhaps in Europe or South America.

    But when you see his responsibilities, McBride seems like a solid, if not home run pick.

    Some of the stuff was things that Earnie and Berhalter were clearly offloading that they did not like to do -- manage club relationships, and in Earnie's case, going to the media. I'd imagine McBride is going to be better at both of those, especially the latter. We rarely get anything out of Earnie; I expect McBride to be an easy interview to find.

    I think the build and guide the culture aspect is helpful in that Berhalter is more cerebral -- McBride can bring more of the fire. And the managing the player pool probably encompasses some of those phone calls we'd all wish Berhalter and Earnie would make more often.

    I also expect he will get a say on call-ups -- that's the one part where I'm not sure if he's bringing a ton to the table.

    But he's an affable, media-savvy, complement to the cerebral ranging to grumpy we have now, and I think that's why he's brought in.

    It makes his role seem like fluff, and maybe some of it is. But it's also the fluff that Earnie and Berhalter weren't good at, and this frees up time for them to do other things.
     
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  13. tomásbernal

    tomásbernal Member+

    Sep 4, 2007
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Why do people think Chicago is a place no one wants to live? It's a really cool city. It's not like USSF is headquartered in Topeka, Kansas (apologies to Topekans; it was just the first random city that came to mind). Tons of professional people in various industries move, all the time.
     
  14. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Das ist Mist, Herr Nietsche Ist Mord.

    [1] I have yet to meet a fan, in person, who fancies him or her self as "general manager know-it-alls". There are not even that many who fancy themselves as "manager know-it-alls"..... but I have met many who can see the fruits of incompetence and nepotism staring at them year after year.
    [2] Uh, nope. Brian enters the scene with a huge amount of good will as a person, as well as earned admiration as a player. If he can save the USMNT from the malfeasance of The Brothers Berhalter a shrine may well be built in his honor. Should he be unable to do so, and TBB keep doing unto us what they have been richly doing so for the last couple of years, then the fault lies with them, Nepo and Egg, and not with Brian McBride.

    Let Chicago House desperately hoping that Captain America can save them from themselves begin.
     
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  15. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As someone who has lived in Chicago, "cool" doesn't begin to describe the chill most people in that city must abide in.
     
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  16. Cannons

    Cannons Member+

    May 16, 2005
    My only questions at this point is: as GM, does GB work for McHead or is McHead simply doing things GB doesnt like to do? I for one think GB is doing a horrible job on player selection and strategy. I fully expect this to be clearly obvious when the next series of games start in the Spring. Can McBride step in if this happens and direct changes or is he just a figurehead? Time will tell and GB has had long enough to show something
     
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  17. comoesa

    comoesa Member+

    Aug 13, 2010
    Christen Press's armpit
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Figure head position.
     
  18. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    They’ll both report to Earnie I’m sure.
     
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  19. TOAzer

    TOAzer Member+

    The Man With No Club
    May 29, 2016
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    In short, McBride will just be doing things General Egg does not like to do. It is a shame that what General Egg likes does not match up with what he is able to do well.
     
  20. gogorath

    gogorath Member+

    None
    United States
    May 12, 2019
    I expect player selection across all national teams is more of a group decision at this point -- Berhalter, Earnie, Kreis, scouts, etc.

    I'm sure McBride will have a say in those rooms.

    But while the official org chart is very vertical and hierarchical, I would not expect McBride to be dictating anything to Berhalter.

    The vision and strategy of the US program is coming from Earnie, full stop. He has a view of the national teams playing a similar style with coaching staffs fully integrated (hence, the Chicago decree, amongst other things).

    McBride isn't a figurehead, but I also don't really think he's Berhalter's boss so much as the three of them will be in a room a lot together making the bigger decisions.

    And while I'm sure McBride will bring a different viewpoint on individual players or choices that could influence things, there's simply no way he was hired unless he was on board with the larger strategic vision.
     
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  21. NietzscheIsDead

    United States
    May 31, 2019
    Eh. “General Egg”, blah, blah, blah. Boring.

    Next?
     
  22. yurch10

    yurch10 Member+

    Feb 13, 2004
    I thought it was pretty obvious, but people on Twitter were loving this.

    Go read the announcement. The job "description" couldn't have been more vague. All it says is that he is supporting Egg and Earnie, which means he has virtually no authority.

    I have no doubt this is strictly a PR move, and to US Soccer's credit, it seems to have worked. I haven't even considered the fact that McBride might not be qualified, which someone could answer much better than me.
     
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  23. Excellency

    Excellency Member+

    Nov 4, 2011
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    I think it works like this: Earnie takes the job as GM then realizes he is responsible for hiring/firing the USMNT Manager so he creates a new position called Sporting Director and decides he is the perfect candidate for the job and takes the seat. Then he notices the job of General Manager, with said duties mentioned above, is vacant. So, he hires McFriendly Hero Nice Guy to take the job of firing Jay Berhalter.

    All clear?
     
  24. Lloyd Heilbrunn

    Lloyd Heilbrunn Member+

    Feb 11, 2002
    Jupiter, Fl.
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #25 Lloyd Heilbrunn, Jan 10, 2020
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2020
    One of my all time favorite players, but is an ex-teammate of Berhalter too close to him for an unbiased evaluation?

    Of course, Earnie Stewart and he who shall not be named have the same issue...
     
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