U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis has named Tony Gustavsson as a full-time assistant coach starting with the matches against France in June.
“Tony will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff,” said Ellis. “We have worked together before and I am delighted to have him come on board as we move toward Women’s World Cup qualifying. He brings tremendous international experience and a fantastic energy to our program. I am excited to have him join us in a couple of weeks.”
Gustavsson, 40, was on fellow Sweden native Pia Sundhage’s staff for the 2012 Olympics, helping the USA to the gold medal in front of more than 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.
Gustavsson returns to U.S. Soccer after a highly successful stint as head coach of Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, Sweden’s premier women’s league. Tyresö has been one of the world’s top women’s professional teams over the past few seasons and he led the Stockholm-based club to league title in 2012.
With five U.S. Women’s National Team players – Christen Press, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, and earlier in the tournament Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris – making major contributions to the 2013/2014 Champions League run, Gustavsson took Tyreso all the way to last week’s Champions League Final in Lisbon, Portugal, where it fell to Wolfsburg of Germany, 4-3, in a dramatic end-to-end match.
He coached the squad to a second-place finish in the Damallsvenskan last season, earning a Champions League berth for 2014/2015.
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the U.S. team again,” said Gustavsson. “I have great respect for these players, their work ethic and their desire to keep progressing as individuals and as a team. I’m excited to contribute to that process through any role Jill asks of me.”
Gustavsson has experience coaching in the top men’s professional leagues in both Sweden and Norway. He was head coach of Kongsvinger IL in Norway’s Tippeligan in 2010 and coached Hammarby IF in Sweden’s Allsvenskan from 2007-09.
He took Hammarby to the brink of the Europa Cup group stage in 2007, but fell in a two-leg series to Braga of Portugal in the first round.
From 2004-06, he was a player/assistant coach for Degerfors in Sweden’s second division and from 2000-03 he played and coached with Ytterhogdals IK, which was in Sweden’s third and fourth divisions.
Gustavsson spent one semester attending college in the USA at the University of Central Florida in 1994 before finishing his education at Lärarhögskolan in Stockholm from 1995-99, where he got a teacher’s degree in physical education and math and at the University of Orebro from 2004-05 where he studied soccer coaching and leadership.
Gustavsson holds a UEFA Pro coaching license.
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