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Christian Polanco on new USWNT manager Emma Hayes: “I love her personality and character”

The Cooligans discussed the possibility of Hayes taking the helm of the USWNT back in August.

Emma Hayes has been named the new head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team.

Back in August, during the Women’s World Cup, Cooligans host Christian Polanco explained why he liked the idea of Hayes taking over the helm of the USWNT.

Christian said he likes Hayes, the head coach of Chelsea, a lot, noting that she has a big personality and is one of the best women’s coaches in the world right now. He loves that there’s a lot of passion, and seems to be a lot of accountability with Hayes. He says it’s a healthy balance of the authoritarian kind of coach and the kind of coach that players like. Alexis points out that she is so beloved that the fans of the men’s Chelsea team wanted her to coach that squad.

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Will we have a surprising Women’s World Cup winner?

  • The Cooligans are back to get you ready for the Women’s World Cup quarter-finals! Christian and Alexis preview every game and choose which QF matchup will be our favorite, while also breaking down which nation has the most difficult path to the finals. We end the show by giving our thoughts on Doug McIntyre’s list of 10 candidates to be the next USWNT manager. Let us know who you think will advance to the semis in the comments!

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