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Carli Lloyd approves of USWNT’s expected Emma Hayes hire

Chelsea head coach Emma Hayes greets Manchester City forward Carli Lloyd during the 2017 WSL Spring Series. (Lynne Cameron/The FA via Getty Images)

While Emma Hayes’ hiring as the new head coach of the U.S. women’s national team has yet to be made official, veteran forward-turned-pundit Carli Lloyd is excited by the prospect.

Lloyd, who has been an outspoken critic of the team as well as former manager Vlatko Andonovski since her retirement in 2021, gave her take on U.S. Soccer’s choice for Andonovski’s replacement. Lloyd played under Hayes in 2009, when both were with the Chicago Red Stars – Lloyd as the star player, Hayes as the head coach.

While it’s not official… I’m excited. I like Emma a lot and she has proven herself at Chelsea,” Lloyd wrote on social media. “She seems to be able to manage many different personalities at Chelsea which would help her with the USWNT. They need someone that has a strong personality and can make tough decisions.”

Of course, Hayes isn’t quite the Deion Sanders-style personality for which Lloyd lobbied in a CBS Sports interview. (Whether or not she wanted every part of Sanders’ coaching philosophy, which includes marketing and self-promotion tendencies much reviled by Lloyd, is unclear.) But still, Hayes is a great get for the USWNT.

The U.S. Soccer Federation’s board of directors approved the hiring Saturday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, with a formal announcement to follow. Hayes’ contract is set to be a record for women’s soccer, with the possibility of Hayes receiving equal pay to U.S. men’s national team manager Gregg Berhalter at least on the table. 

Hayes will leave her current position as head coach of Chelsea upon the conclusion of the Women’s Super League season in May 2024. She is expected to juggle both jobs in the interim.