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Pia Sundhage steps down as US Women’s National Team Coach

October 20th, 2012 by · No Comments · Features, Football

USWNT Coach, Pia Sundhage

The Swedish coach leaves the USWNT having just won Olympic gold – and her replacement has big shoes to fill.

Pia Sundhage’s successful tenure as US women’s national team manager ended abruptly on Saturday and it leaves the three-time defending Olympic gold medalists in a time of transition. Sundhage leaves the helm of the US as one of the best coaches in team and international women’s history, having won nearly 90% of her matches and delivered two Olympic gold medals and a silver medal at last year’s World Cup.

Her decision, however, leaves the U.S. in search of a coach at the beginning of a World Cup cycle that culminates with the most pressure-packed tournament since 1999 for the US – a 2015 World Cup on Canadian soil, riding what will be a 16-year World Cup title drought. Sundhage’s successor will have the added pressure of taking over for a manager who set the bar nearly as high as it can be placed and was adored by players, fans and administrators.

 

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