Do the math. Matilde will be college age in four years, José in eight. The timing would set up well for Mourinho to take over the U.S. team soon after, say, World Cup 2018. He already brings his teams to Los Angeles for preseason training every year. "I love it," Mourinho says of the U.S. "The people have a very open mentality. Everybody is the same. Status doesn't count a lot."
If Mourinho eventually crosses the Atlantic, it would be the perfect coda to his international high-wire act. In the ultimate global sport he has become the ultimate global coach, crossing borders, switching languages and winning championships wherever he goes. For the Special One, remember, the game is all about the transitions.