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How the USWNT will operate with Emma Hayes not arriving until May

Interim coach Twila Kilgore will collaborate with Hayes, but the next six months are clearly a work in progress for everyone

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When Twila Kilgore was completing her U.S. Soccer Pro License — the top coaching license in the country — she was tasked with studying another coach for the full year. She decided to study Emma Hayes, the Chelsea women’s head coach who had built the team into England’s gold-standard and a consistent contender in Europe.

Two years later, Kilgore is now working with Hayes. Kilgore’s familiarity with Hayes could come in handy as the United States women’s natoinal team navigates an uncertain time.

Kilgore is the interim U.S. head coach tasked with setting up the team for the impending arrival of Hayes as head coach in May, at which point Kilgore will become a full-time assistant on Hayes’ staff. How it is all going to work over the next six months is still a work in progress.

Hayes is still the full-time coach of Chelsea through the end of the European season in May, and she insisted this week that she is not watching U.S. players in her spare time. She’s 100% focused on Chelsea, she said. But Hayes is at least in contact with Kilgore about the selection of U.S. rosters.

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