Former Reading FC coach, Marko Mitrovic, has been named the US Under-19s Head Coach.

The 43-year-old Serbian was assistant manager with the Royals from 2020-2022, until Veljko Paunovic's dismissal in February.

He followed Paunovic from both the Serbian international set-up and Chicago Fire, but will take charge of a side himself for the first time.

The former midfielder did take charge of two matches in Berkshire while Paunovic was isolating due to Covid-19, losing 1-0 to Millwall and winning 2-1 against Birmingham City, in November.



Speaking on being given his managerial chance, Mitrovic said: "It’s an honour to join U.S. Soccer as a coach for the Youth National Teams.”

“I’ve been impressed by the growth of the USMNT program over the last few years and I’m excited to play a role in developing the next generation of top talents and senior National Team players.

"There’s so much potential in this country and with this age group in particular. I can’t wait to get started helping these players reach their goals.”  

U.S. Men’s National Team General Manager, Brian McBride, said: "“We’re excited to have Marko join U.S. Soccer to lead our U-19 Men’s Youth National Team.

"With so many talented players in this age group working to break through with their club teams, we’re thrilled to get the U-19s back on the field and get more players experience in our National Team environment.

"Marko has a proven track record of success in the youth international game and we think he’ll be a great leader as these players aim to take the next step in their careers.”

Mitrovic will hold his first training camp with the US U-19’s later this month.