The appointment becomes public after the U.S. women’s team played against Costa Rica later this evening, state-initiated American sources Sportbladet.
‘It’s time to move on said Sundhage’
The confirmation came via American Football, U.S. Soccer website:
– In our discussions after the Olympics, it became quickly clear that Pia was very interested in returning home to Sweden, says Sunil Gulati, president of the American Football Association.
– There has not been an easy decision for us in the U.S. Soccer or Pia. She deserves enormous credit for the successes of the U.S. women’s team has had in recent years.
– America’s Football Association is appreciated and thank you for Pia’s hard work and dedication. We wish her all the luck in the future, says Gulati.
Negotiated last week
According Sportbladets sources Sundhage during the last week negotiated and reached an agreement with the managers of the Swedish Football Association about taking over the Swedish women’s team.
Agreement that will extend over several years is published, according to U.S. sources, later in the evening after the U.S. women’s team played against Costa Rica in what becomes Sundhages last game as very successful American coach.
Sportbladet have sought in vain Swedish Football Association General Secretary Michael Santoft and chairman Karl-Erik Nilsson for comment.
The U.S. Soccer says Pia Sundhage:
– It has been an honor to coach these players (the U.S.) for five years and I have learned an enormous amount from them. It is something I will carry with me the rest of my life. But now it’s time to move on. I wish the team and the players every success in the future.
Two Olympic gold
With Sundhage as coach, the U.S. has won two Olympic gold medals and a World Championship silver.
Her last match in charge of the team begins 20:30 Swedish time tonight in Rochester against Costa Rica.
After the match will Sundhage confirm that it will be Sweden she leads in the future, especially during the European Championship in Sweden next summer.
Source: Michael Wagner
UPDATE (2ND SEPT 2012):
Pia Sundhage will take over as the new Sweden women’s national team head coach on 1st December 2012
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