A person with knowledge of the hiring says former defender Kate Markgraf has been named general manager of the U.S. women's national team.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Monday because the appointment had not yet been formally announced by U.S. Soccer. Yahoo Sports was the first to report it.

Markgraf will oversee the search for a new coach following Jill Ellis' planned departure in October. Ellis is stepping away from the job after leading the United States to back-to-back Women's World Cup titles.

Markgraf appeared in 201 games during a playing career that spanned 12 years. She was a starter on the 1999 team that won the World Cup at the Rose Bowl, and also was part of the 2003 and 2007 World Cup teams. She played on three Olympic teams.

Markgraf, 42, played club soccer for the Boston Breakers of the WUSA and the Chicago Red Stars of the WPS. Following her retirement, she worked as a broadcaster, most recently for ESPN.

Markgraf joins Earnie Stewart in a general manager role under U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro. Stewart was named GM of the men's national team last year.

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