Former Nigerian international, Michael Nsien has just been appointed as the head coach of the U.S of the U-16 men’s youth national team.

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

Michael Nsien was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. He was a member of the U-25 Eagles side that didn’t qualify for the football events of the Athens 2004 Olympic games.

Nsien joins U.S Soccer after four seasons in charge of Tulsa in the USL Championship. This is where he led the club to their most successful period in its history. A native of Oklahoma, he brings 12 years of experience coaching in his home state. Michael 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, he led Tulsa to its two banner years in 2020 and 2021.  He reached the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time ever and the first time overall since 2017.

Born in Tulsa, Michael 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. He helped more than 100 players go on to play college soccer.

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.  Michael Worked with a number of individuals that have gone on to professional careers. At FC Tulsa, he coached USMNT forward Jesús Ferreira, recently named to the USA’s 2022 FIFA World Cup roster.

Nsien As a Player:

“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.”