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    Americans Abroad

    Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

    Earnie Stewart
    Earnie Stewart (left), seen here playing for NAC Breda, has returned as the club's technical director.
    -- NAC Breda web site photo --
    By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)

    (Sunday, May 14, 2006) -- Earnie Stewart, who represented the United States in the last three World Cups, today was named technical director of NAC Breda, the Dutch Eredivisie club with which he spent seven years as a player.

    Stewart, 37, signed a three-year contract which starts July 1. Since last May, Stewart has served in a similar capacity for VVV Venlo, a team that finished second in the second-division Gouden Gids Divisie with a 20-10-8 record and 68 points. Only league champion Excelsior (22-7-9, 75 points) was promoted.

    Stewart, who played in the 1994, 1998 and 2002 Cups, is among the career leaders for the U.S. men in several statistical categories. A veteran of 15 years of international play, he is the all-time leader with nine goals in World Cup qualifying and is tied with Cobi Jones for fourth place with 30 qualifying appearances, trailing only Kasey Keller, Claudio Reyna and Eddie Pope, who each has 31.

    Stewart is sixth overall with 17 goals, seventh with 44 points, seventh with 101 caps and 12th with 77 starts.

    A versatile attacker, Stewart was named the U.S. Soccer Federation's "Male Athlete of the Year" in 2001

    Stewart played 18 years as a professional, all in the Netherlands except for 2003 and 2004, with D.C. United in Major League Soccer, helping United capture the 2004 MLS title. He left MLS to return to the Netherlands where he joined Venlo, the team with which he commenced his professional career. After playing six games and scoring one goal in the 2004-05 season, he retired.

    Except for one year when Breda was relegated and last season with Venlo, Stewart's entire career in the Netherlands was spent in the Eredivisie, the nation's top division.

    Stewart scored 119 goals in 474 club matches, logged with three teams in the Netherlands and United in the U.S. After beginning with two seasons with Venlo, he moved to Willem II for six seasons and Breda for seven.

    Stewart was born in the Netherlands to his father Earnie, a U.S. serviceman, and his Dutch mother Annemien. Other than from ages two through seven (1971-76), when he lived in California, and his time with D.C. United, Stewart has always lived in the Netherlands.

    Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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