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Former Malta international Hutchinson named Head Coach at USA-based side El Paso

Former Malta international John Hutchinson will take a post in the United States after being named Head Coach and Technical Director at El Paso Locomotive FC.

El Paso Locomotive will be playing in the USL Championship for the fourth consecutive season, scheduled to start in March. The USL is considered as a second-tier in the American football pyramid and is divided into the Championship, League One and League Two.

During his playing career, Hutchinson collected 11 caps with Malta. He made his debut in an international friendly against Czechia in 2009 and was a regular starter for the Maltese side during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifications.

Hutchinson, 41, has six years of technical staff experience spanning over five leagues, including abroad in the Japanese and Australian top-flight leagues as well as in the United States. The Australian native began his coaching career in the 2015/16 season with A-League side Central Coast Mariners as an assistant coach.

Afterwards, he moved to the United States where he spent two years at USL Championship side Tacoma Defiance. Once again, he returned to Australia as an assistant coach at expansion side Western United in 2019.

In 2020, Hutchinson returned to the United States as he took the job of First team assistant coach at the Seattle Sounders, with whom he made an MLS Cup final appearance as well.

His last venture was in Japan where he was an assistant coach at Yokohama F. Marinos in the top-flight.

Hutchinson currently holds his F.A. Wales UEFA ‘A’ and UEFA ‘B’ Licenses and is on schedule to earn an Asian Football Confederation Pro Diploma in September 2022.

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