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Nigerian appointed US Under-16 football team coach

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Former Nigeria international, Michael Nsien, has been appointed as the new head coach of the United States of America U-16 men’s national youth team.

The appointment of Nsien was announced on US Soccer’s website on Tuesday.

The 41-year-old who was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, was a member of the U-23 Eagles side that failed to qualify for the football event of the Athens 2004 Olympic games.

Nsien joined U.S. 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.

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A native Oklahoman, Nsien brings 12 years of experience coaching in his home state and holds a U.S. Soccer Pro License as well as a UEFA “A” License.

A former Nigerian youth international, Nsien took the reins at FC Tulsa as interim coach midway through the 2018 season. After struggling his first two seasons in charge, 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 the first time overall since 2017.

He was 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 Tulsa Soccer Club. As Youth Academy Boys Director and Elite Team coach, Nsien won eight state championships from 2010-18, while helping more than 100 players go on to play college soccer.

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From 2011-17, Nsien worked as an Olympic Development Program coach/scout in Region 3 across the southern/southeastern United States. In his role, Nsien identified players for Youth National Team selection, MLS academies and European tours, working with a number of individuals that have gone on to professional careers. At FC Tulsa, Nsien coached USMNT forward Jesús Ferreira, recently named to the USA’s 2022 FIFA World Cup roster.

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 LA Galaxy’s reserves and the Portland Timbers in the USL.

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