Earnie Stewart

Earnest "Earnie" Stewart (born March 28, 1969) is a retired American soccer player who was a regular midfielder for the U.S. national team from 1990s until his retirement in 2005. He is currently the sporting director of U.S. Soccer.

Earnie Stewart
Personal information
Full name Earnest Stewart
Date of birth (1969-03-28) March 28, 1969
Place of birth Veghel, Netherlands
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1990 VVV 62 (15)
1990–1996 Willem II 170 (49)
1996–2003 NAC 189 (50)
2003–2004 D.C. United 47 (4)
2004–2005 VVV 6 (1)
Total 474 (119)
National team
1990–2004 United States 101 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Early life and education

Stewart, the son of an African American U.S. Air Force airman Earnie Stewart, and his Dutch wife Annemien Stewart, grew up in the Netherlands, and began his professional career in that country in 1988 with VVV. He spent two years at the Dutch First Division (second-level) club before moving to Eredivisie side Willem II in 1990. By the end of 1990, he made his first appearance for the U.S. national team against Portugal.


In his first season at Willem II, he finished third on the goal-scoring list for the Dutch First Division, with 17. He went on to score 49 goals in six seasons there. In the meantime, he developed into a regular for the U.S. national team, starting all four games that the U.S. played in the 1994 FIFA World Cup. Most notably, he scored the goal that gave the U.S. its winning margin against Colombia in group play, the first World Cup game won by the U.S. since 1950.

By 1996, Stewart had moved to NAC Breda, eventually spending more than six seasons at NAC. The club was relegated in 1999, but Stewart helped the club win the First Division in 2000, thereby earning promotion back to the Eredivisie. During his years at NAC, he also played in all of the U.S. team's matches at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, becoming one of only five U.S. men to play in three World Cups.

In January 2003, he left the Netherlands to play in Major League Soccer, and was allocated to D.C. United, where he won the MLS Cup in his second season. His scoring numbers did not equal his earlier high standards, as he tallied just four regular season goals and one playoff goal in MLS. He left D.C. after the 2004 season, coming back to the Netherlands and his original club, VVV-Venlo, where he became technical director following his retirement in 2005.

Stewart became the eighth U.S. man to make his 100th international appearance in a 2004 World Cup qualifier against Grenada. His 111 goals as a professional in the Netherlands makes him the highest-scoring American in international club play. He was named U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year in 2001.

He was named technical director of NAC Breda of the Dutch Eredivisie on May 14, 2006.

Earnest Stewart was appointed as AZ's Director of Football Affairs in June 2010. The 41-year-old American succeeded Marcel Brands, who left AZ for PSV. Stewart left his post as Technical Director at NAC Breda by mutual consent.[1] Stewart stated in the past that he had a long-term goal of returning to United States soccer in an executive role: "One ambition I do have is to go back to the United States and to be of importance to soccer."[2]

Stewart accomplished just that when, on October 26, 2015, the Philadelphia Union officially announced that Stewart would take on the role of Sporting Director for the club.[3]

On June 6, 2018, Stewart was named general manager of the men's U.S. national team.[4]

On August 12, 2019, Stewart was named the first Sporting Director of U.S. Soccer.[5]

Career statistics


As of March 29, 2017[6]
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals AppsGoals
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
1989–90Eerste Divisie3512
1990–91Willem II TilburgEredivisie3317
1996–97NAC BredaEredivisie289
1999-00Eerste Divisie298
U.S. League Open Cup League Cup North America Total
2003D.C. UnitedMajor League Soccer211
Netherlands League KNVB Cup League Cup Europe Total
2004–05VVV-VenloEerste Divisie61
Total Netherlands 427115
U.S. 474
Career total 474119


As of March 29, 2017[7]
National TeamYearAppsStartsGoalsAssists
United States

List of International appearances and goals

{{updated|August 18, 2004|[8]

1December 19, 1990Porto, Portugal Portugal-0-1Friendly
2February 26, 1992Fortaleza, Brazil Brazil-0-3Friendly
3March 11, 1992Valladolid, Spain Spain-0–2Friendly
4March 18, 1992Casablanca, Morocco Morocco-1–3Friendly
5May 30, 1992Washington, D.C. Republic of Ireland-3-1Friendly
6June 3, 1992Chicago, Illinois Portugal-1-0Friendly
7June 6, 1992Chicago, Illinois Italy-1–1Friendly
8June 13, 1992Orlando, Florida Australia-0-1Friendly
9June 6, 1993New Haven, Connecticut Brazil-0-2Friendly
10June 9, 1993Foxborough, Massachusetts England-2-0Friendly
11June 13, 1993Chicago, Illinois Germany13-4Friendly
12August 31, 1993Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland11-0Friendly
13October 13, 1993Washington, D.C. Mexico-1–1Friendly
14December 18, 1993Palo Alto, California Germany-0–3Friendly
15May 25, 1994Piscataway, New Jersey Saudi Arabia-0-0Friendly
16May 28, 1994New Haven, Connecticut Greece-1–1Friendly
17June 18, 1994Pontiac, Michigan  Switzerland-1-11994 FIFA World Cup
18June 22, 1994Pasadena, California Colombia12-11994 FIFA World Cup
19June 26, 1994Pasadena, California Romania-1–21994 FIFA World Cup
20July 4, 1994Palo Alto, California Brazil-0–11994 FIFA World Cup
21September 7, 1994London, England England-0-2Friendly
22March 25, 1995Dallas, Texas Uruguay12-2Friendly
23April 22, 1995Brussels, Belgium Belgium-0–1Friendly
24June 11, 1995Foxborough, Massachusetts Nigeria-3–2Friendly
25July 8, 1995Paysandu, Uruguay Chile-2–11995 Copa América
26July 11, 1995Paysandu, Uruguay Bolivia-0–11995 Copa América
27July 14, 1995Paysandu, Uruguay Argentina-3-01995 Copa América
28July 17, 1995Paysandu, Uruguay Mexico-0-0 (4-1 PK)1995 Copa America
29July 20, 1995Maldonado, Uruguay Brazil-0-11995 Copa America
30July 22, 1995Maldonado, Uruguay Colombia-1-41995 Copa America
31November 3, 1996Washington, D.C. Guatemala-2-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
32November 10, 1996Richmond, Virginia Trinidad and Tobago-2-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
33November 24, 1996Port of Spain, Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago-1-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
34December 1, 1996San Jose, Costa Rica Costa Rica-1-21998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
35December 14, 1996Palo Alto, California Costa Rica-2-11998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
36March 2, 1997Kingston, Jamaica Jamaica-0-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
37March 16, 1997Palo Alto, California Canada13-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
38April 20, 1997Foxborough, Massachusetts Mexico-2-21998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
39June 22, 1997San Salvador, El Salvador El Salvador-1-11998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
40September 7, 1997Portland, Oregon Costa Rica-1-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
41October 3, 1997Washington, D.C. Jamaica-1-11998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
42November 9, 1997Vancouver, Canada Canada-3-01998 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
43January 24, 1998Orlando, Florida Sweden-1-0Friendly
44February 21, 1998Miami, Florida Netherlands-0-2Friendly
45February 25, 1998Brussels, Belgium Belgium-0-2Friendly
46April 22, 1998Vienna, Austria Austria-3-0Friendly
47May 24, 1998Portland, Oregon Kuwait12-0Friendly
48May 30, 1998Washington, D.C. Scotland-0-0Friendly
49June 15, 1998Paris, France Germany-0-21998 FIFA World Cup
50June 21, 1998Lyon, France Iran-1-21998 FIFA World Cup
51June 25, 1998Nantes, France Yugoslavia-0-11998 FIFA World Cup
52June 13, 1999Washington, D.C. Argentina-1-0Friendly
53July 24, 1999Guadalajara, Mexico New Zealand-2-11999 FIFA Confederations Cup
54July 28, 1999Guadalajara, Mexico Brazil-0-11999 FIFA Confederations Cup
55July 30, 1999Guadalajara, Mexico Germany-2-01999 FIFA Confederations Cup
56August 1, 1999Mexico City, Mexico Mexico-0-1 AET1999 FIFA Confederations Cup
57June 3, 2000Washington, D.C. South Africa14-0Friendly
58June 6, 2000Foxborough, Massachusetts Republic of Ireland-1-1Friendly
59June 11, 2000East Rutherford, New Jersey Mexico-3-0Friendly
60July 16, 2000Mazatenango, Guatemala Guatemala-1-1 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
61July 23, 2000San Jose, Costa Rica Costa Rica11-2 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
62August 16, 2000Foxborough, Massachusetts Barbados17-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
63September 3, 2000Washington, D.C. Guatemala-1-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
64November 15, 2000Waterford, Barbados Barbados14-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
65February 28, 2001Columbus, Ohio Mexico12-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
66March 28, 2001San Pedro Sula, Honduras Honduras12-1 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
67April 25, 2001Kansas City, Missouri Costa Rica-1-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
68June 16, 2001Kingston, Jamaica Jamaica-0-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
69June 20, 2001Foxborough, Massachusetts Trinidad and Tobago12-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
70July 1, 2001Mexico City, Mexico Mexico-2-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
71September 1, 2001Washington, D.C. Honduras22-3 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
72September 5, 2001San Jose, Costa Rica Costa Rica-0-2 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
73October 7, 2001Foxborough, Massachusetts Jamaica-2-1 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
74November 11, 2001Port of Spain, Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago-0-0 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
75February 13, 2002Catania, Italy Italy-0-1Friendly
76March 27, 2002Rostock, Germany Germany-2-4Friendly
77April 17, 2002Dublin, Ireland Republic of Ireland-1-2Friendly
78May 12, 2002Washington, D.C. Uruguay-2-1Friendly
79May 16, 2002East Rutherford, New Jersey Jamaica-5-0Friendly
80May 19, 2002Foxborough, Massachusetts Netherlands-0-2Friendly
81June 5, 2002Suwon, South Korea Portugal-3-22002 FIFA World Cup
82June 14, 2002Daejeon, South Korea Poland-1-32002 FIFA World Cup
83June 17, 2002Jeonju, South Korea Mexico-2-02002 FIFA World Cup
84June 21, 2002Ulsan, South Korea Germany-0-12002 FIFA World Cup
85March 29, 2003Seattle, Washington Venezuela-2-0Friendly
86May 8, 2003Houston, Texas Mexico-0-0Friendly
87May 26, 2003San Jose, California Wales-2-0Friendly
88June 8, 2003Richmond, Virginia New Zealand-2-1Friendly
89June 19, 2003Saint Etienne, France Turkey-1-22003 FIFA Confederations Cup
90June 21, 2003Lyon, France Brazil-0-12003 FIFA Confederations Cup
91June 23, 2003Lyon, France Cameroon-0-02003 FIFA Confederations Cup
92July 6, 2003Columbus, Ohio Paraguay12-0Friendly
93July 12, 2003Foxborough, Massachusetts El Salvador-2-02003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
94July 14, 2003Foxborough, Massachusetts Martinique-2-02003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
95July 19, 2003Foxborough, Massachusetts Cuba-5-02003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
96July 23, 2003Miami, Florida Brazil-1-2 AET2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
97July 26, 2003Miami, Florida Costa Rica13-22003 CONCACAF Gold Cup
98June 2, 2004Foxborough, Massachusetts Honduras-4-0Friendly
99June 13, 2004Columbus, Ohio Grenada-3-0 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
100June 20, 2004St. Georges, Grenada Grenada-3-2 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying
101August 18, 2004Kingston, Jamaica Jamaica-1-1 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying

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