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U.S. Soccer hires Matt Potter for U-23 WNT job

Matt Potter named U-23 Women's National Team head coach by U.S. Soccer

January 9, 2020 By Juan Aguerrevere
U.S. Soccer hires Matt Potter, an experienced collegiate coach who has served as an opponent scout for the USWNT.

Matt Potter became the oldest head coach of USA's eight Youth Women's National Teams on Wednesday when U.S. Soccer announced his arrival as the U-23 head coach.

Most recently, Potter served as an opponent scout for the USWNT during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Additionally, he's worked for the U.S. coaches at Confederation Tournaments in Asia and Europe on their senior and youth levels gathering intel from other nations around the globe.

"This is a unique position as the U-23 player pool is made up of both college and professional players, and I'm excited to be working with a group that has high aspirations in the pro game and with our senior team," said Potter to U.S. Soccer. "Our job with the U-23s is to make sure the players who are too old for the U-20 pool, and not quite ready for the full team, have a place to show their talents in the international environment and continue to grow. I'm looking forward to supporting WNT head coach Vlatko Andonovski in any way I can and helping these players on their journeys."

His arrival to U.S. Soccer came after spending eight seasons with the University of Oklahoma as head coach. The English international concluded his stay with the Sooners with a record of 63-76-23 and led the team to its best ever season in 2016 winning a team-record 14 games and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a new record for the program. Mark Carr, an ex U-20 Women's National Team coach will take his position at Oklahoma.

Potter also coached the Washington State's women's soccer program before landing the Oklahoma gig. He coached the Cougars for 11 seasons compiling 88 wins and making three appearances in the NCAA Tournament. An incredible feat given the fact that the Pac-12 is one of the most ferocious conferences in the nation in terms of women's soccer.

 


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