OM Anthony Hudson heads to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup as Assistant Manager for USA

OM Anthony Hudson heads to Qatar for the FIFA World Cup as Assistant Manager for USA

Anthony joined Millfield in 1994, leaving at 16 to sign for West Ham as an apprentice. He started coaching in his early 20s and since then has been Head Coach of the Bahrain National Team, as well as the New Zealand National Team, and coached at Tottenham Hotspurs under Manager, Harry Redknapp. 

As a player, Anthony came up through the academy of Premier League club West Ham United and played there as well as at Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen. In 2006, he started as a player-coach with the Wilmington Hammerheads in the former USL Second Division, launching his transition to the touchline. His first head coach position came with the Real Maryland Monarchs, also in the USL Second Division, before he spent time as manager for the Tottenham Hotspur reserves and Newport County at 29. From there he moved to Bahrain, coaching the U23 National Team and then moved to Head Coach of the senior team, winning the Gulf Cup and qualifying for the Asian Cup. Shortly after he then became head coach of the New Zealand National Team, qualifying for the Confederations Cup in Russia. After taking the team to the final stages of World Cup qualifying, he then moved to Major League soccer to coach the Colorado Rapids.  

After his experience in the international game, Anthony made the move to US Soccer, where he first coached the U20 National Team before being promoted to the Men's Senior team. During this time, Anthony helped the team win the Gold Cup and Nations League, qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, where the team will now face England, Wales and Iran in the group stages in Qatar.  

A total of 21 players made at least one appearance for the USA during the 2022 World Cup Qualifying. The group accounted for 9,683 minutes (70% of total minutes) and 16 of the 21 goals scored (76%). As well as this, players have hometowns in nine different states: California; New York; Georgia; Texas; Missouri; New Jersey; Washington; Colorado and Pennsylvania. As of the opening match against Wales on November 21, the 26-player team will hold an average age of 25 years, making it the second youngest USMNT team at a World Cup after the 1990 squad. 

'It's an amazing opportunity to be competing against the world's best, especially England whom I have a very close connection with. The excitement is huge right now, and being someone who loves football, it's been a dream ever since I was a kid to compete in a World Cup. So many amazing memories and emotions throughout my lifetime, that will live with me forever, and now the chance to be involved is incredible.' - Anthony. 

As well as a focused career on Football, Anthony is also a huge dog lover and started a foundation to help improve the lives of homeless dogs. The charity, The Forgotten Dogs Foundation, was set up three years ago and works on several initiatives in America. 

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