Coach Meola? USMNT Legend in contention for Jacksonville job


U.S. National Team great Eric Wynalda has taken an executive position over the coaching operations in Atlanta. John Harkes looks set to take the helm of NASL expansion side, the Virginia Cavalry.

Now, another ’94er looks set to join NASL’s coaching ranks.

According to various sources, including those within the organization, U.S. National Team legend Tony Meola is one of three candidates being vetted for the head coaching position of NASL’s Jacksonville franchise.

A New Jersey native, Meola, 44, has been an active participant in coaching circles over the past several years. Just last year, his name was connected with an assistant’s position within the New York Red Bulls organization. Since then, he has participated in training sessions with Tab Ramos and his U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team program, helping scout players within the pool and taking a hands-on approach in goalkeeper training.

Jacksonville is said to have interviewed over 30 candidates for the position. Currently, there is no true front runner for the job, but sources tell us the club is impressed with Meola’s general advocacy for the league.

There is no timeline for a decision.

Jacksonville is expected to start play in NASL by 2015.