Tom Sermanni, previously Australia's coach, has been hired to coach the U.S. women's soccer team. He replaces Pia Sundhage, who stepped down after guiding the Americans to two Olympic gold medals.
Sermanni is hired to coach
top-ranked U.S. women
Tom Sermanni, who has spent the last eight years as Australia’s coach, was hired Tuesday as coach of the U.S. women’s team.
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Sermanni, a 58-year-old from Glasgow, Scotland, replaces Pia Sundhage. Sundhage stepped down after leading the Americans to back-to-back Olympic gold medals and their first World Cup final in 12 years. She left to coach in her native Sweden.
The United States is rated No. 1 in the world, eight spots ahead of Australia.
Sunil Gulati, U.S. Soccer Federation president, said of Sermanni: “He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world.”
Sermanni was selected after a five-person search committee that included former standout player Mia Hamm considered more than 30 candidates.
“U.S. Soccer has always been at the forefront of supporting the women’s game, and it’s exciting to coach the team in this next chapter of its history,” Sermanni said.
Sermanni’s first day on the job will be Jan. 1. Jill Ellis will continue serving as U.S. interim coach through the end of this year.
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