Anthony Hudson, the current interim coach for the United States men’s soccer team, has yet to consider whether he would be interested in taking on the job on a permanent basis. Hudson assumed the role following the departure of his predecessor, Gregg Berhalter, whose contract expired at the end of last year. Under Hudson’s leadership, the team has played three games so far: a 2-1 loss to Serbia, a 0-0 draw against Colombia in two friendly matches, and a resounding 7-1 victory over Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League on Friday.
No Sign Of Him Getting The Job
While Anthony Hudson has been serving as interim coach for the United States men’s soccer team, U.S. Soccer has not indicated whether he is a candidate for the permanent position. The position will only be filled once the vacant sporting director job is filled as well, and Hudson is well aware that he may simply be keeping the seat warm for someone else.
Hudson More Focused On The Present
During a recent Zoom call with reporters, Hudson said, “I haven’t thought about it. I’m just taking it one camp at a time. It’s a unique situation, and I’ll just take it a day at a time. As I’ve explained before, I’ll do my best, and I feel that I have enough experience to know how to do the right thing for these games and also have one eye on what’s best for the team in the long term.
Hudson emphasized that he is simply focused on doing his job, and feels confident in his experience and capabilities. “I say to myself every day, and to the people around me, ‘It’s just a day at a time.’ So we’ll see how things play out.”
Concacaf Nations Leauge
The United States men’s soccer team is currently in first place in Group D, two points ahead of El Salvador, ahead of their final group stage match on Monday at Orlando’s Exploria Stadium. With this lead, a draw would be enough for the U.S. to advance to the CNL semifinals in June.
Although the team’s January training camp mostly featured fringe players, the CNL marks the first time that Hudson has led the team’s first-choice group. He noted that little has changed in terms of his goals.
Hudson’s objective is clear: “We want to make sure that for this camp, we put on a very good experience for the players and staff, and the bottom line is to help support them to be at their best and win these two games. And then beyond that, if I’m asked to, we’ll do the next camp.”
The U.S. and El Salvador previously played to a 1-1 draw in June 2022, thanks to Jordan Morris’ stoppage-time equalizer. Hudson anticipates another tough match this time around, and praised the work of El Salvador manager (and former U.S. international) Hugo Perez.
“I think the coach has done a great job with them,” Hudson said. “He has a very clear plan when you watch his teams play against other teams, and he’s not afraid to change things. We’ve gone into games fully expecting him to play a certain way, and he changes it. He’s a very good coach, and that’s the starting point. They’re also a team with a strong mentality – honest, aggressive, and hardworking. It’s clear they believe in what the coach has asked them to do.”
Should Hudson Get The Job?
Yes, absolutely he should. As an interim coach for the United States men’s soccer team, Anthony Hudson has already demonstrated his ability to lead and manage a group of players at the international level. With a wealth of coaching experience both domestically and abroad, he brings a deep understanding of the game to his role as head coach. Hudson’s ability to communicate effectively with his players, his tactical acumen, and his strategic thinking make him an excellent candidate for the job on a permanent basis.
In his short time with the team, Hudson has already shown that he is capable of adapting to different situations and making tough decisions when necessary. He has also shown an ability to get the most out of his players and to create a positive team culture. He has emphasized the importance of hard work, discipline, and a commitment to excellence, all of which are essential qualities for success at the highest level.
Moreover, Hudson’s experience coaching in different countries has given him a broad perspective on the game and a deep appreciation for the many different ways that soccer can be played. He is a student of the game who is always looking for ways to improve his own coaching skills and to help his players develop and grow as athletes. With his passion for the game, his commitment to excellence, and his proven track record of success, Anthony Hudson would be an excellent choice to lead the United States men’s soccer team into the future.