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‘She’ll build a new foundation’: Emma Hayes begins her USWNT tenure behind the scenes

The new USWNT coach is briefly in training camp this week, six months ahead of her full-time arrival. Players say she wants them to thrive by doing what got them there, rather than shoehorning then molding them into something else.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes waves to the crowd.
(Tom Phillips/SPP)

Emma Hayes has arrived. Behind the scenes, anyway.

Hayes met United States women’s national team players and staff in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Tuesday for the first time since being named the program’s 10th full-time head coach. Her stay will be brief (only three days) and somewhat informal (she is not actually coaching the team yet).

“Initial impressions have been really good,” U.S. forward Trinity Rodman said on Wednesday. “ I think the biggest thing with her coming in is getting to know us as players because she’s not going to be able to build a foundation or start anything with us if she doesn’t really get to know us as people, and know our characteristics on and off the field. So, I think that’s one of the biggest things that she’s tried to communicate with us going into camp.”

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