At yesterday's press conference, US Soccer president Sunil Gulati did the expected and announced that US Women's National Team head coach Greg Ryan will not be offered a new contract beyond his current deal that expires at the end of 2007.
Gulati also announced that US Soccer General Secretary Dan Flynn, USWNT legend Mia Hamm, and himself will make up the three person committee that will name Ryan's successor. Gulati also hopes to announce the new USWNT head coach within the next 30 to 45 days.
Former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring. It will be interesting to see how much run former USWNT players such as Carla Overbeck, Carin Gabarra, Brandi Chastain, and July Foudy get during this process. Then you have coaches such as US U-20 Women and UCLA head coach Jillian Ellis, Santa Clara Women's Soccer coach, and Brandi Chastain's husband, Jerry Smith, and North Carolina Women's Soccer coach Anson Dorrance.
And while some fans will call for a foreign coach to take over the program, I don't see that happening right now.
News and Notes:
- Cobi Jones may have played his last professional game on Sunday and SI.com's Jonah Freedman has a nice Q&A with the original member of the Galaxy.
- Luciano Emilio isn't a Designated Player, but he sure produced like one in his first MLS season.
- When Alexi Lalas opens his mouth, you never can tell what he'll say. This time it's the big red head saying that American soccer players are coddled too much. I wonder what guys like Clint Dempsey, Taylor Twellman, and Jimmy Conrad think of that? Let alone Lalas' own player in Landon Donovan.
- I love this question: Why doesn't LA care about Chivas USA? It isn't merely about Beckham as the Galaxy outdrew Chivas USA even before the biggest signing in MLS history. Perhaps it's because slapping the name Chivas on an MLS team isn't fooling the futbol fans in SoCal?
- The love affair between Toronto FC and their fans survived a season with less than stellar results on the field. The question now is what can the team do for an encore?
- The picture of the day has to be this one from the Chicago-LA game on Sunday.
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