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Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:53 am

http://theoriginalwinger.com/2012-09-01-pia-sundhage-stepping-down-as-u-s-womens-national-team-coach-to-return-to-sweden

Other than the loss to Japan in the WC, her record is pretty damn phenomenal. She really righted the ship (Although there really wasn't THAT much to right to be perfectly honest), but it will be interesting where US Soccer turns to next...

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:58 am

What there was to right was to have a coach who understood something besides boom ball and wouldn't sabotage the team.

Should have been easy, but wasn't.

The Japan match was a tie, btw. The shootout was a loss.

April and Ryan both actually had better win/loss records but are considered failures.

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Post by Harry Redknapp on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:02 am

I'd like to see a coach who sets the national team up to play a more fluid and skilful style of soccer around passing and possession, which means having the courage to retire Abby Wambach whether she's ready to quit or not.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:08 am

Haha.

This is the only country on the planet where a player can lead the world in scoring over the last two tournaments and have people clamoring for her retirement....

I wonder if Brasil is asking Marta to step down? She hasn't done as much for her country.

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Post by Harry Redknapp on Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:47 am

I'm not saying the she is useless. But I am aying that she leads the last two tournaments in scoring in large part because of the players around her as much as because of her own stellar ability.

Swap Sinclair and Wambach and the scoring records would have been very different.

AW is strong and determined and physical and has a huge heart. Her touch on the ball and her passing is far from world class and I think that the US would be a better team if they had any two of Morgan, Rodriguez, and Leroux as the front pair if they're playing 4-4-2.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:22 am

Harry Redknapp wrote:I'm not saying the she is useless. But I am aying that she leads the last two tournaments in scoring in large part because of the players around her as much as because of her own stellar ability.

Swap Sinclair and Wambach and the scoring records would have been very different.

AW is strong and determined and physical and has a huge heart. Her touch on the ball and her passing is far from world class and I think that the US would be a better team if they had any two of Morgan, Rodriguez, and Leroux as the front pair if they're playing 4-4-2.


'Arry..

AROD never was or ever will be the scorer Abby is. Her main talent is spraying balls into the luxury seats. She thinks 'on frame' is about the light they put over pictures in a museum. She has scored about 1/3 the goals per match Abby has.

Leroux is untested. Someday she may eclipse Wambach. If she does, she will be the best USA scorer in history in tournaments. (Mia Hamm has TWO goals in the knockout rounds of tournaments in her career and Abby will certainly eclipse Hamm's all time scoring record - possibly before the year is out)

Morgan is easy. She had about the same minutes as Abby and scored two goals. Rapinoe did better,playing out of the midfield.

Whether Abby's success is due to the players around or whether the players around her benefit from the attention she gets is something you can argue. Morgan would be the one drawing the double and triple teams.


As to the comparison to Sinclair, that's not quite fair. You don't drop a player even if she doesn't measure up to the player who will probably get Player of the year. Abby will certainly be in the discussion. Anyway, Sinclair is Canadian the last I checked. Pilot fans get confused on this and still give Christine standing ovations, but Chistine has different loyalties now. If you get rid of Abby, Chistine isn't coming South.

And for the record, Abby has more goals AND assists than Christine over the last two cups and more game winners. Without her, we would have been out against Brasil before the semis in the WWC and possible not have gone through to the knockout rounds this cup.

And I'll disagree about whether she is a good passer. Morgan credits several of her goals to passes from Abby. It's not her role anyway. It's a little like saying she should be dropped from the team because she is a poor 1v1 defender. Anyway, I'll bet she has a better assist record in the last two years than Morgan, AROD, or Sidney.

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Post by A_Fan on Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:22 pm

Do you think the players will have any say in who the next coach will be?

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:36 pm

No, the announcement lists CEO Dan Flynn and president Sunil Gulati as the search committee. The last time Mia Hamm and I think Joy Faucett were on the search committee.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:43 pm

halftime, and Morgan has a goal, Megan has two goals, as does Abby off headers, no doubt to the annoyance of many.

She has no assists, but then, neither do Morgan, AROD, nor LeRoux.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:52 pm

N000oooooo affraid
oh my

At halftime, Kate Markgraf picks Jillian Ellis as the front runner to be the next coach.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:55 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:No, the announcement lists CEO Dan Flynn and president Sunil Gulati as the search committee. The last time Mia Hamm and I think Joy Faucett were on the search committee.

Arlo said after the game that there would be a third person on the search committee.

Last time it was Hamm.

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Post by fan from afar on Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:58 pm

I completely agree with Geezaldinho about Abby. She does not have the skills or speed of many (most) of the other players, but in the end, as I have been saying here for a while - a good soccer team has to have someone who can get the ball into the goal!!! It is beyond my comprehension that people can get down on a player who will become the leading goal scorer of all time because she doesn't do all things well. What she DOES do well is get the ball into the nets. In fact, she will soon have done it better than anyone else has ever done. This is a fairly important thing in soccer, scoring goals!!

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:56 pm

Well, figuring out Pia's new gig didn't take long.
http://svenskfotboll.se/landslag/damer/arkiv/landslag/2012/09/pia-sundhage-ny-forbundskapten-for-damlandslaget/
<Link fixed>
Vi är fantastiskt glada att vi nu kan presentera Pia Sundhage som vår nästa förbundskapten, säger Svenska Fotbollförbundets ordförande Karl-Erik Nilsson.

It reads a little like Beowulf, but even I get that.

Love 'fantastisht glada'


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Post by A_Fan on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:33 pm

Your link isn't working.

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Post by A_Fan on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:36 pm

However I assume this is the news you were telling us (from the NY Times):

"The head coaching position for the Swedish national team is about to be vacant, and the job is hers. The Swedish soccer association announced on its Web site Saturday that she would start in the post Dec. 1."

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:48 pm

I think the link is fixed.

Google translate has it as:
Swedish Football Association has today made it clear with Pia Sundhage as the new coach. Pia who captained the United States since 2008 and has two Olympic gold will take office on 1 December 2012.
- We are extremely happy that we can now introduce Pia Sundhage as our next coach, says Swedish Football Association chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson.
- I have long dreamed of becoming a Swedish national coach and now I'm so happy, says Pia Sundhage.

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Post by purple haze on Tue Sep 04, 2012 7:14 pm

Pia was a total success in my eyes, no matter the World Cup shoot-out loss. She made players earn their minutes, even Megan (my idol). The style of play is exciting, the fitness level unsurpassed. Hats off to Pia, and best of luck to her in Sweden.

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Post by DaTruRochin on Sat Oct 06, 2012 7:45 am

http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1181790/jill-ellis-named-u.s.-women's-national-team's-interim-coach?cc=5901

Please, sweet mercy in heaven let that interim tag not be removed from her job description...

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Post by Geezaldinho on Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:59 am

Haha.

We have Sunil's press conference today to hang our hat on:

On whether Jill Ellis is a national team coaching candidate:
“Jill essentially took herself out of the running to be the permanent coach a month or so ago when we started this process. She is coaching these games and the team on an interim basis because she’s been an assistant coach, is a terrific part of our staff and is on a full-time contract with U.S. Soccer. But she took herself out of the process for reasons that I think she’s mentioned previously.”


On whether April Heinrichs is a coaching candidate:
“April is quite happy and satisfied and we are certainly satisfied and happy with her continuing to serve as the technical director, so she’s not currently a candidate.”

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Womens-National-Team/2012/10/Sunil-Gulati-Quote-Sheet-Regarding-US-WNT-Coaching-Search-and-Potential-Womens-Professional-League.aspx

My feeling is that they wont jump in the ring unless they are offered. I'm pretty sure Hucles and Hamm wont be part of hiring those two, though.

Several names are being bandied about, none of who light my fire.

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Post by PurplePrideTrumpet on Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:18 pm

DaTruRochin wrote:http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story/_/id/1181790/jill-ellis-named-u.s.-women's-national-team's-interim-coach?cc=5901

Please, sweet mercy in heaven let that interim tag not be removed from her job description...
This is the "tribute" they had in mind for their tour?

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Post by onetouchfutbol on Fri Oct 12, 2012 5:45 pm

Supposedly Tony DiCicco is one of the candidates. I´d be all for having him back at the helm. I think that we had a more technical style with him there. However, the women´s game has changed and improved, and I could also see people for making a case for going in a different direction. Apparently ND´s women´s coach is one of the possibilities as well from what I´ve read...

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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:17 pm

Just in from FoxSoccer:
The U.S. women’s national team has a new head coach.

As of Jan. 1, 2013, Tom Sermanni will lead America’s pre-eminent women’s sports team.
Sermanni, a 58-year-old Scot who had a modest professional career, currently coaches the Australian national women’s team, which he has brought to international respectability in his eight-year tenure. He previously spent several seasons coaching in the old WUSA women’s professional league in the U.S.

Sermanni will succeed Jill Ellis, who has overseen the team on an interim basis after Pia Sundhage left the job in September. He was one of more than 30 candidates seriously considered before a short-list of seven was drawn up. He was subsequently hired over a handful of favorites such as Steve Swanson, who just won the U.S. the under-20 World Cup, and back-to-back Women’s Professional Soccer Coach of the Year Paul Riley. Sermanni was allegedly also a candidate in 2007 when Sundhage was appointed.
http://msn.foxsports.com/foxsoccer/usa/story/us-soccer-gambles-on-new-womens-coach-tom-sermanni-103012


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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:21 pm

And from USSoccer:
Long-Time Australian Women’s National Team Head Coach Comes to U.S. Soccer with Experience in Three FIFA Women’s World Cup Tournaments; Sermanni Available via Media Conference Call on Wednesday, Oct. 31

CHICAGO (Oct. 30, 2012) – U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati announced today the hiring of Tom Sermanni as the seventh head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history.

Sermanni, 58, comes to U.S. Soccer with 11 years of experience as a head coach in international women’s soccer – all with Australia – a period during which he led the Matildas in three Women’s World Cup tournaments.

Sermanni will officially begin his tenure as the WNT head coach on Jan. 1, 2013. U.S. Soccer Women’s Development Director Jill Ellis, who was on the bench for the USA’s two recent draws with Germany, will coach the team for the last five matches of the Fan Tribute Tour, presented by Panasonic. Due to his prior commitments with the Australia Women’s National Team as he finishes up his responsibilities with the Matildas, Sermanni will not be attending the next two matches in Portland and Phoenix. Sermanni will be observing the U.S. Women’s National Team for the last three matches of the 2012 tour, which will be announced in the near future.

“After an extensive search and interview process, we believe Tom Sermanni is the right person at the right time to lead our Women’s National Team,” said Gulati. “He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world. He has a tremendous passion for the game, knows the American players, understands our system and knows the process of preparing a team for a World Cup tournament. We’re tremendously excited to have him on board as we look forward to qualification for the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”

Sermanni comes to U.S. Soccer after eight years as head coach of the Australia Women’s National Team, which he coached in both the 2007 and 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments, reaching the quarterfinal stage at both events. That eight-year period was Sermanni’s second stint with Australia, as he also coached the Matildas from 1994 through 1997, during which time he led the team to the 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Sweden.

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to work with tremendous players and in a program that has had such a tradition of success,” said Sermanni. “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. After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves. It will be an exciting few years for the U.S. team and for all the great fans as we work toward the highest goals at the 2015 Women’s World Cup.”

In order to thoroughly examine the possible choices, Gulati headed a search committee that included U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn, former U.S. Women’s National Team players Mia Hamm and Danielle Slaton, and managing Director of Administration Tom King. The committee reviewed more than 30 male and female candidates both domestically and internationally.

During his time in charge of Australia, Sermanni helped bring the team into the top 10 in the FIFA Women’s World Rankings. Named the 2007 Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Year, Sermanni led Australia to a runner-up finish at the 2006 AFC Women’s Cup, where the team fell to China in penalty kicks, and to the championship in 2010, when the youthful Matildas downed Korea DPR in penalties.

Sermanni coached all three seasons of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA), serving as an assistant for the San Jose CyberRays during the inaugural season, in which he helped the club to the league championship. He was also an assistant for the CyberRays in 2002 before taking the head coaching job of the New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s National Team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.

Sermanni, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, had a long playing career as a midfielder from 1971 through 1989, playing more than 300 professional matches and scoring more than 50 goals. He quickly transitioned into coaching both men’s and women’s professional soccer all over the world, including stints in Japan, the USA and Malaysia.

Sermanni follows Mike Ryan (1985), Anson Dorrance (1986-1994), Tony DiCicco (1994-1999), April Heinrichs (2000-2004), Greg Ryan (2005-2007) and Pia Sundhage (2008-2011) as official coaches of the U.S. Women’s National Team, which has been ranked No. 1 in the world since winning the 2008 Olympic gold medal in Beijing, China.

no word on who has been appointed translator to convert his Scots into English.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:39 pm

In a related announcement, the USWNT has decided to keep the same team hairstylist on retainer.


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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:45 pm

Geezaldinho wrote:And from USSoccer:no word on who has been appointed translator to convert his Scots into English.
Ha ha, not just Scots, but Glaswegian.....

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