MLS Insider: Tom Bogert

El Salvador manager Hugo Perez interested in becoming MLS head coach

Hugo Perez El Salvador

El Salvador national team manager Hugo Perez is interested in becoming an MLS head coach, a source tells No advanced discussions have occurred with any club yet.

Perez, 58, is a former US international and a respected US youth national team coach before he joined El Salvador's staff, taking over as senior national team head coach in 2021. In less than a year leading the Central American nation, he's steered El Salvador to the final stage of Concacaf World Cup qualifying for the first time since the 2010 cycle, as well as to the Gold Cup knockout round this summer.

Along the way, he’s recruited dual-nationals like Seattle Sounders defender/midfielder Alex Roldan and Toronto FC center back Eriq Zavaleta. La Selecta currently sit seventh in the Octagonal standings after eight qualifying games, with six left, as they chase a Qatar 2022 spot.

There are currently seven head coaching vacancies across MLS: Chicago Fire FC, FC Cincinnati, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo FC, Real Salt Lake, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Perez has never been a club head coach.