Marcelo Bielsa Linked To USMNT Head Coach Position: Report

That reports the broadcaster Telemundoformer Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is being considered for the vacant U.S. men’s national team head coaching role.

The story quotes Bleacher Report that claims Bielsa’s playing style keeping possession and pushing relentlessly suits the USMNT.

This comes just days after Bielsa agreed to become Mexico’s new head coach, but a newly formed club owners’ committee decided against nomination the Argentinian.

Bielsa has retired from coaching since February 2022, when he left Leeds after achieving cult status with the Yorkshire club.

The 67-year-old has had no shortage of offers and most recently refused to take the Everton job, claiming the current Toffees team were ‘too slow’ to suit his approach and tactical style of play.

The Toffees approached the Argentinian after they sacked Frank Lampard after an abysmal run of form, leaving them 19e in the Premier League and flirting with relegation.

Bielsa flew to London on Thursday earlier this week to hold talks with Everton officials and offered to join the Under-21s until the end of the season before moving on to the first team.

However, Bielsa’s proposal was rejected as Everton are now on the verge of appointing Sean Dyche as their new manager.

Bielsa’s link to the USMNT job seems like an exciting proposition.

With Gregg Berhalter’s future thrown into serious doubt following recent off-field allegations, Anthony Hudson has taken on the interim role.

Hudson had previously visited Bielsa’s home in Rosario, Argentina, to seek advice. He often claims that his trip to South America shaped his role as a coach in the football world.

But as with any Bielsa team, the fundamentals and tactics are well established. The focus is always on principles of structure, strict tactical organization and relentless pushing off the ball.

Berhalter’s side had shown glimpses of the same philosophy at the recently concluded World Cup in Qatar, before going down against the Netherlands in the round of 16.

While Bielsa’s principles can be emulated at club level, where managers have much more time with the players, it remains to be seen whether Bielsa takes a job with the national team.

His last role in a country line-up was a highly successful stint in Chile from 2007-11.

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