Earnie StewartAfter successful periods in his career as a player and an executive, Stewart fits the role of General Manager of the U.S. Men’s National Team on all fronts. The midfielder spent 18 seasons in the Netherlands and the U.S. as a player, and 12 years in technical leadership across the two nations. One of just 17 players to earn 100 caps with the MNT, Stewart took great pride in representing his nation and he will now help guide the USA’s next generation.

Following his retirement as a player in 2005, Stewart immediately became Technical Director for VVV Venlo, the same place where he started and ended his playing career. After serving one season, he continued in the same role for NAC Breda in 2006. During his tenure, the club achieved its best-ever finish in the Dutch Eredivisie, placing third during the 2008-09 season and qualified for European competition on two occasions.

Having shown proven success in management, Stewart moved to become Director at Football Affairs at AZ Alkmaar in June 2010, helping to bring U.S. internationals Jozy Altidore and Aron Johannsson to the club during his tenure. Over the course of his five seasons, AZ finished in the Eredivisie’s top four on three occasions, qualified for European competition four times and won the KNVB Beker during the 2012-13 season. Under Stewart’s technical guidance, AZ developed a reputation for its innovation, player recruitment, and player development methodology. As a reflection of Stewart’s efforts, in 2015 the club was honored with the Rinus Michels Award for having the best youth academy in Dutch football.

Expressing a desire to return to the United States, Stewart signed on as Sporting Director with Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union in October 2015 and helped the club make just its second appearance in the MLS Cup Playoffs the following season. As Sporting Director, Stewart oversaw and guided all Union technical and soccer-related decisions working closely with the Union First Team and its youth teams.

The son of a U.S. serviceman and Dutch mother, Stewart was born in the Netherlands, where he spent the majority of his professional career playing for VVV Venlo, Willem II and NAC Breda. Often deployed as an attacking midfielder or second striker, Stewart’s play in the Dutch Eredivisie saw him earn his first MNT cap during a friendly against Portugal in Dec. 1990, opening the door to an international career that spanned 14 years and saw him play a key role for the USA at the 1994, 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. 

Illustrating his dedication to play for the MNT, the Dutch-based attacker represented the USA 101 times from 1990 to 2004. He memorably scored what would stand as the game-winning goal in the USA’s 2-1 victory against Colombia in the 1994 FIFA World Cup – the MNT’s first win at the tournament in 54 years. A consistent contributor for the USA, Stewart continued to shine towards the end of his international career, winning the 2001 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year Award, before captaining the USA against Portugal in the opening match of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

In total, Stewart recorded 17 goals and 10 assists during his 14-year international career and stands as one of only 11 MNT players to play in three different FIFA World Cups.

Towards the end of his career the attacker took a short turn in Major League Soccer, playing two seasons for D.C. United, helping the club to the 2004 MLS Cup. He ended his career in the same place he started it, returning for one final season with VVV Venlo in 2005.