Donegal GAA star joins set up US women’s soccer in role of sports scientist

Donegal GAA star Kate Keaney has left her role as Irish women’s team sport scientist to take on a similar role for the US world champions.

Keaney has worked on Vera Pauw’s behind-the-scenes team since 2019 as a StatSports representative, including during ongoing World Cup qualifying, but similar to the position Anthony Barry found himself in last week when Belgium called, they were drawn to the highest ranked nation in the world.

Kate Keaney in her role as the Republic of Ireland’s sports scientist during FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 qualifiers last year. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After bidding farewell to the Ireland squad at the last camp in November, she flew to Chicago on Thursday where she will be based at United States Soccer Federation (USSF) headquarters.

The newcomer’s first tasks will center on the minors team with a path to the seniors.

The United States won the last world titles in France three years ago and will be favorites to add a fifth when they travel to the 2023 showpiece co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

Keaney – who has a degree in sports science from the University of Limerick – is the brother of former Donegal GAA player Luke and UCD captain Jack.

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