CHICAGO – The U.S. Soccer Federation Monday announced it had hired Laura Harvey as the full-time head coach of the U.S. Under-20 women’s national team.
She replaced Mark Carr, who is the new head women’s soccer coach at the University of Oklahoma.
Harvey spent seven seasons as a head coach in the National Women’s Soccer League, the past two with Utah Royals FC and the first five with Seattle Reign FC. She is second all-time in NWSL career wins and led the Reign to the NWSL Shield and championship game appearances in 2014 and 2015. In both years, she was named NWSL coach of the year. She joined the Reign for NWSL’s inaugural season in 2013 while securing a 72-52-38 record, including playoff appearances.
Harvey is about to begin the U.S. Soccer Pro License Course and will be its second female candidate.
“Laura is a talented and passionate coach whose knowledge translates extremely well to the international game,” U.S. women’s national team general manager Kate Markgraf said in a statement. “Her women’s club and Youth National Team experience in England, her time with our Youth National Teams and her seven professional seasons in the NWSL have prepared her well to help mold the development of our next generation. We are extremely excited to have her as a part of our coaching staff and the U.S. Soccer family.”
Harvey’s first order of business will be a 26-player training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. from Jan. 9-20. She will select the 20-player roster for the Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship to be held from Feb. 15-March 1 in the Dominican Republic. The 2020 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup is set for Panama and Costa Rica this August.
“I’m really excited and happy to come on board with U.S. Soccer,” Harvey said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to what the immediate future holds and I’m ready to get to work with the most talented young players in the country. Getting back to coaching international football has been something I’ve been interested in and to be involved with this new generation of National Team players is going to be a great challenge and responsibility. I have enjoyed my time in the NWSL and thanks to the league, I’m in this position, so I want to sincerely thank the Utah Royals and specifically our owner Dell Loy Hansen. I’m very grateful to the Utah Royals and the Reign FC for giving me the chance to live my dream and coach in the United States. Now, working with U.S. Soccer will be extremely rewarding for me. There’s a lot of work to do in the short time before qualifying, so I’m looking forward to getting on the field with the players.”
Harvey will oversee all aspects of the U-20 USWNT program and will also manage the integration and programming of the U-18 and U-19 national teams to maximize the evaluation and movement of players between age groups for training camps and matches during the World Cup cycle. She also will work closely with U.S. U-17 women’s national team head coach Tracey Kevins, who was her assistant for two seasons in the NWSL with the Seattle Reign.