Anthony Hudson has been named the head coach of the U.S. Under-20 national team, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday.
It is Hudson’s first coaching job since being fired after a dismal spell with the Colorado Rapids, in which he was 8-26-9, including an 0-7-2 start to the 2019 season. He replaces Tab Ramos, who stepped down in late October to become the new Houston Dynamo coach.
“We’re excited to bring Anthony on-board to lead our U-20 men’s national team as it prepares for this summer’s Concacaf Championship,” U.S. Soccer Sporting Director Earnie Stewart said in a statement. “We’ve enjoyed great success with the U-20s over the last few cycles and the team has been instrumental in advancing players to our senior men’s national team. We believe that Anthony’s experience in the international game and at the club level make him a great choice to continue that success.”
Hudson has a wealth of international experience in a 12-year managerial career, having coached the Bahrain U-23 national team before leading the New Zealand senior national team that reached the inter-confederation playoffs for the 2018 FIFA World Cup before falling to Peru.
The 38-year old Seattle, Wash. native holds a UEFA Pro License.
“I’m very proud to be joining U.S. Soccer,” Hudson said. “It’s a really exciting time with the game’s rapid growth in this country and especially with so many talented young players coming through the ranks. I can’t wait to work with them and help develop these players into contributors at the highest level.”
Hudson, who will oversee all aspects of the U-20 program while managing the programming of the U-18 and U-19 teams, will hold his first training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. this week.
The U-20 team will begin preparations for this summer’s Concacaf U-20 Championship, where it will face Costa Rica, Jamaica and St. Kitts and Nevis in the group stage.