USA Women's national team names Sermanni as Sundhage's replacement

Former Australia boss Tom Sermanni will take the helm for the USA Women's national team, replacing Pia Sundhage.
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the search for a new USA Women's national team coach has come to an end with the hiring of Tom Sermanni.

Sermanni takes charge of the USA after a very successful stint with the Australian Women's team. The Scottish manager took the Matildas to three World Cups over two stints in charge, including a recent eight-year run in which he led the team to both the 2007 and 2011 World Cups. Austrailia reached the knockout stages of both events.

“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,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a press release. “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 in with experience coaching Americans having been the manager of the WUSA's New York Power in 2003, where he coached U.S. Women’s national team legends Christie Rampone, Shannon Boxx and Tiffeny Milbrett.

“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.”

Sermanni, 58, will officially take over the job on Jan. 1, 2013.

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