The U.S. men’s national team will enter a busy summer with its third manager in the last six months with assistant B.J. Callaghan replacing Anthony Hudson.
Hudson, who was an assistant coach at the 2022 World Cup, was named interim manager following the expiration of Gregg Berhalter’s contract at the end of ’22 and the ensuing saga between the Berhalter and Reyna families.
After five matches in charge, Hudson departs for what the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) called “a new opportunity” less than a week after the USSF announced he would lead the USMNT at next month’s Concacaf Nations League semifinals and Gold Cup.
“I would like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to be part of such a great team of players and staff,” Hudson said in a statement. “It’s been an honor to represent the national team and one that I have truly valued and enjoyed.”
Recently hired U.S. sporting director Matt Crocker then named Callaghan to the role of interim manager as the federation continues the process of hiring a permanent manager, a search that is expected to conclude by the end of the summer.
“B.J. has been an integral part of the USMNT staff during the last four years as this young team has grown and developed,” Crocker said. “Working alongside Anthony Hudson these last five months, we are confident he is prepared and ready to lead this group in the summer tournaments. We are grateful to Anthony for the tremendous job he did and wish him success in the future.”
After seven years with MLS side Philadelphia Union, including five as an assistant coach, Callaghan joined the U.S. in 2019 as a strategy analyst. The 41-year-old New Jersey native then became an assistant on Berhalter’s coaching staff alongside Hudson. He will now lead the U.S. in the Nations League semifinals and Gold Cup.
“I understand the responsibility of the job and am honored to have the opportunity to build upon the progress this group has made the last four years,” Callaghan said. “Together, we have built a strong culture and a great understanding of how we want to play, and we expect to continue to build on that progress. Our goal is clear: defend both of our Concacaf titles.”