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US soccer fires women's coach Tom Sermanni
The Associated PressPosted: Sunday, April 6, 2014, 10:33 PM
CHICAGO (AP) - On Sunday afternoon, Tom Sermanni coached the U.S. womens team to a 2-0 win over China in Colorado.
By Sunday night, he was out of a job.
U.S. Soccer fired Sermanni after a disappointing finish last month at the Algarve Cup. The surprising move came just 16 months after he took over the program.
We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time, U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a release. We will begin looking for a new coach immediately to guide our womens national team toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA womens World Cup. More coverage2014 Union season statistics 2014 Philadelphia Union schedule Major League Soccer national television schedule Fox Sports UEFA and CONCACAF Champions League TV schedule More soccer coverage from The Goalkeeper Buy Philadelphia Union gear Buy Philadelphia Union tickets
Sermanni was hired in October 2012, but Jill Ellis served as interim coach until he took over that January. Sermanni made his debut for a 4-1 win over his native Scotland on Feb. 10, 2013.
He previously spent eight years coaching Australias womens team, leading the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the last two Womens World Cups.
Sermanni helped the U.S. to a 13-0-3 record last season, but the Americans went 1-2-1 at the recent Algarve Cup. The seventh-place finish included a 1-0 loss to Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, ending a two-year, 43-game unbeaten streak. That was the first loss following a 16-0-4 start under Sermanni.
Ellis, the director of development for U.S. Soccer, will serve as the interim coach. She went 5-0-2 during her stint as the interim coach in 2012.
The womens team faces China again on Thursday in San Diego.
Im disappointed that things didnt work out, but Id like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work, Sermanni said in the U.S. Soccer release.
Sermannis dismissal was announced a few hours after Lauren Holiday and substitute Megan Rapinoe scored in the victory over China in Commerce City, Colo.
If he knew that was his last game with the team, it sure didnt seem that way. He experimented with a 4-3-3 alignment (four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards) as part of the teams preparation for World Cup qualifying, and talked about the team making the most of its offensive opportunities.
I thought our movement was good, thought our passing was quite incisive, Sermanni said after the game. What we shouldve done better is finish the game off a lot earlier. We really need to be finishing these games off when were creating chances.
The U.S. outshot China 23-1 and ran its unbeaten streak on home turf to 81 games (71-0-10).
Holiday was back in the lineup after missing the Algarve Cup because of a family commitment. She scored in the 39th minute - the U.S. finally solving goalkeeper Zhang Yue after a flurry of shots. Holiday nearly had another goal early in the second half, only to have it deflected away near the goal line.
The defense only allowed one scoring chance to China, which played a defense-oriented game even after falling behind.
The most important thing is coming together now and figuring out what works and what doesnt, forward Sydney Leroux said. Were getting better every single day.
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