CHICAGO (November 15, 2022) – US Soccer has appointed Michael Nsien as the new head coach for the US U16 youth national team.
Nsien joins US Soccer after four seasons in charge of FC Tulsa in the USL Championship, where he led the club to the most successful period in its history. A native Oklahoman, Nsien has 12 years of coaching experience in his home state and holds a US Soccer Pro license as well as a UEFA “A” license.
“We are pleased to welcome Michael to US Soccer as the head coach of our U-16 Men’s National Youth Team,” said Brian McBride, general manager of the US Men’s National Team. “The Under-16 age group represents a critical point in the development of our players as they work to take their careers to the next level. Michael’s experience working at a number of different levels of the game gives me confidence that he will be a great leader to help these players take the next step.”
Nsien will lead the U-16 MYNT in his first training camp as head coach at the U-16 Football Federations Cup, which will be held on 16-28. November in Albir, Spain. The U.S. faces Spain in its opening game and then plays two more qualifying games.
A former Nigerian youth international, Nsien took the reins at FC Tulsa as interim coach midway through the 2018 season. After struggling in his first two seasons as a manager, Nsien led Tulsa to its two banner years in 2020 and 2021, reaching the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever and first overall since 2017.
Born in Tulsa, Nsien rose through the coaching ranks in his hometown. Prior to joining the FC Tulsa staff as an assistant in 2017, Nsien enjoyed a decorated youth coaching career with the Tulsa Soccer Club. As the Youth Academy Boys Director and Elite Team coach, Nsien won eight state championships from 2010-18 while helping more than 100 players play college soccer.
From 2011-17, Nsien worked as a coach/scout in the Olympic Development Program in Region 3 across the South/Southeast United States. In his role, Nsien identified players for youth national team selection, MLS academies and European tournaments, working with a number of individuals who have gone on to professional careers. At FC Tulsa, Nsien coached USMNT forward Jesús Ferreira, who was recently named to the USA’s 2022 FIFA World Cup roster.
“It is a privilege to join US Soccer as the head coach of the U-16 Men’s Youth National Team,” said Nsien. “The chance to work with the leaders of the sport in our country is an incredible opportunity. I am excited for the chance to help guide our nation’s best up-and-coming players as they begin their careers. Above all, I look forward to representing the United States and be part of the continued growth of the game in our country.”
As a player, Nsien starred for four years at the University of Dayton and represented Nigeria at the U-23 level during its 2004 Olympic qualification campaign. Professionally, he spent time with the LA Galaxy’s reserves and the Portland Timbers of the USL.