USMNT Soccer News: BJ Callaghan leaves to take the reins of Nashville SC

By Mariana Smithfield

BJ Callaghan (courtesy USMNT)

CHICAGO (July 3, 2024) – U.S. Soccer confirmed today that Men’s National Team assistant coach BJ Callaghan will leave his role to become the head coach of Nashville SC.

Callaghan and Nashville SC had agreed to terms earlier and planned to announce his appointment after the USMNT finished the 2024 Copa America. He will officially join the club on July 22, ahead of Leagues Cup 2024 and Nashville SC’s match on July 31 against Mazatlán F.C. at GEODIS Park.

Callaghan joined the U.S. Men’s National Team staff in 2019 after spending the previous seven years with the Philadelphia Union. After serving as part of the technical staff during the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Callaghan was appointed interim head coach the following June and led the team to the 2023 Concacaf Nations League title and the semifinal of the Gold Cup. Overall, he compiled an unbeaten 4-0-3 record.

“Taking the head coach position at Nashville SC is an incredible opportunity and an exciting next step in my career,” said Callaghan. “I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gregg Berhalter for his mentorship and support throughout my time with the U.S. Men’s National Team. The experience I’ve gained here has been invaluable, and I’m deeply appreciative of the relationships and memories made along the way.

While I am thrilled to embark on this new journey, it is bittersweet to leave a team and staff that I believe in so deeply. I have full confidence in the exceptional coaching staff we have in place and know the team is in great hands. As we approach the 2026 World Cup, I’ll be cheering on the team every step of the way. Thank you to everyone at U.S. Soccer for the support and camaraderie – it has truly been an honor.”

 

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