U.S. Soccer sporting director Earnie Stewart Wednesday announced that Anthony Hudson will serve as head coach of the U.S. men’s national team for its January training camp in Carson, Calif.
With the ongoing investigation and U.S. Soccer’s full review of the USMNT program and head coach Gregg Berhalter following the conclusion of World Cup still underway, Hudson will be joined in Los Angeles by fellow World Cup assistant coach B.J. Callaghan and Under-20 men’s youth national team head coach Mikey Varas in selecting and managing the roster for the friendlies against Serbia and Colombia.
Berhalter’s contract expired on Dec. 31.
In the past, the customary review of the past four years of the entire program following a World Cup would begin in the summer, well ahead of any year-end contract expiration, U.S. Soccer said in a press release. The unique November-December timing of Qatar World Cup significantly reduced the amount of time that the federation would have to conduct a proper assessment prior to the end of the head coach’s contract.
The men will kick off the World Cup 2026 cycle with two matches in Southern California, facing Serbia on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and Colombia on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.
Warner Bros. Discovery Sports will present the games, with specific distribution plans and kickoff times to be announced at a later date.
The two matches will be the first in the four-year run up to hosting the world’s biggest sporting event — the 2026 World Cup – alongside Canada and Mexico.