Since we heard about Pia Sundhage’s move from the USWNT head coach back home to manage her own country Sweden, the question on everyone’s lips is who will follow on from Pia.
Pia Sundhage leaves a huge legacy at USA, with a record of 88-6-10. She has won 11 tournament titles, including three prestigious Algarve Cup titles in Portugal, two Olympic qualifying tournaments and two Olympic gold medals. Pia only just narrowly missed out on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2011 title after losing to Japan on penalties.
You can tell the USWNT, plus the fans and media around the world have a lot of respect and admiration for Pia Sundhage both as a head coach and as a person. She is extremely passionate about the game and her endearing personality stands out.
In a recent interview with Pia Sundhage, we asked if she would like to manage her home team if the opportunity became available… Her answer was simply ‘Yes’. We are so pleased Pia Sundhage now has the opportunity to go back home and start a new exciting coaching journey (although we are sad to see the journey end with USWNT), and we wish her all the best for the future.
So who will follow on from Pia Sundhage’s campaign at the USWNT. One name that has been mentioned a few times is Jill Ellis, who was appointed as the Development Director for the U.S. Women’s National Teams in January of 2011. Ellis has also had two stints as the head coach of the U.S. Under-21 Women’s National Team.
Who would you like or do you think could take the role of USA Women’s National Team coach?
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