U.S. Soccer legend Tony Meola has been a strong advocate for the rebuilding North American Soccer League, but his hunt to lead a team as head coach has fallen short.
Several sources have confirmed to EOS that the former National Team keeper is out of the running for the head coaching position with the NASL’s expansion Jacksonville franchise.
As we reported weeks ago, Meola was one of three candidates being considered for the position after nearly thirty applicants submitted their names for the post. EOS could not get confirmation from Jacksonville, but did reach out to Meola, who graciously confirmed the rumors.
“I appreciate the opportunity to be in the conversation with Jacksonville,” he said, “but it never really got to the final conversation. I hope they become another solid NASL franchise as it will help the game grow in an area of the country in need of high level soccer.”
More and more, Meola’s name continues to pop up in contention for several technical positions throughout the country. Last year, his name was floated in the search for an assistant coach for the New York Red Bulls. This year, he continued to assist the U.S. program in their youth levels, most recently joining the U-20 MNT training camp alongside head coach Tab Ramos and fellow invitee, Clint Mathis, in Verona, Italy.