Former Manchester United Women’s boss Casey Stoney has been named the first head coach of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) team in San Diego, the expansion club said on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old former England captain previously served as United head coach since 2018 and during her tenure guided the club to immediate promotion to the Women’s Super League and successive fourth-place finishes in the top flight.

“Casey is one of the most decorated, distinguished and talented English players of all time and has transitioned seamlessly in her role as a manager,” San Diego President Jill Ellis said in a news release.

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“She immediately turned Manchester United Women Football Club into respected contenders and established herself as one of the top managers in the league.”

The addition of Stoney completes the hiring…

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