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2023 USL Coaches Survey: Best young player, worst atmosphere, necessary changes & more

Before the 2023 season, Backheeled sent a survey to head coaches from around the USL Championship. These are their responses.

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Connor Cunningham

The USL Championship's regular season is in full swing, with games kicking off every weekend.

Here at Backheeled, we cover the on-field action each week with analysis of all 24 teams in the Championship, the United States’ second-division professional men’s league. So you know where we stand on a host of topics. But there’s a group of people out there that you don’t hear from quite as regularly, at least not all at once and not on a wide variety of subjects.

That’s right, we’re talking about head coaches — the outward faces and inward hubs of these Championship teams.

Before the 2023 season kicked off, Backheeled sent an identical survey featuring more than a dozen questions to head coaches from around the USL Championship. We wanted to know…where do you hate going on the road? Will a USL team ever win the U.S. Open Cup? Who’s the best young player in the USL?

15 managers took our survey. The results are down below.

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