Less than a month after successful a second consecutive World Cup, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) has been left with out a coach.
On Tuesday, Jill Ellis introduced she would step down from the position she has held since 2014. Her contract is because of expire on Wednesday and the 52-year-old has declined an possibility that will have stored her in cost by way of to subsequent summer time’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Ellis, who was born in England however is an American citizen, is the primary coach to win back-to-back World Cup titles in both the male or feminine for 81 years. She will stay in cost till October, with the USWNT as a consequence of play 5 friendlies on their victory tour.
“When I accepted the head coaching position this was the timeframe I envisioned,” Ellis stated in a press release on Tuesday.
“The timing is right to move on and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life and for me and my family this is the right moment.”
U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro praised the departing coach for “raising the bar” for girls’s soccer within the U.S. and internationally.
“Jill was always extremely passionate about this team, analytical, tremendously focused and not afraid to make tough decisions while giving her players the freedom to play to their strengths,” he stated. “She helped raise the bar for women’s soccer in the USA and the world, and given the history of this program, the level of success she achieved is even more remarkable.”
U.S. Soccer is but to nominate a proper alternative for Ellis and remains to be seeking to fill the emptiness of common supervisor. The position was created in 2017 and Ellis was anticipated to be within the operating, however U.S. Soccer has been tight-lipped on the matter and easily confirmed an announcement over the position “will take place soon.”
Once the final supervisor emptiness has been stuffed, the federation will start the seek for a brand new coach.
Here, Newsweek has taken a have a look at 5 candidates who might exchange Ellis on the helm of USWNT.
Over the final two seasons, Riley has reworked the North Carolina Courage into probably the greatest groups within the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), ending runner-up in 2017 and successful the title final yr.
The 55-year-old, who gained the 2016 title when in command of the Western New York Flash, is arguably essentially the most profitable coach in ladies’s soccer proper now.
By the 2023 World Cup, Riley can be 9 years older than Ellis was when she took cost of USWNT on the 2015 match. It stays to be seen whether or not U.S. Soccer can be blissful to nominate a supervisor who may oversee only one World Cup cycle.
Could one other Englishwoman exchange Ellis? Harvey gained the NWSL Shield twice throughout her five-year in command of Seattle Reign and was named NWSL Coach of the Year in the identical two seasons.
The present Utah Royals coach has expertise at worldwide degree too, having served as interim coach of USWNT U-23 aspect in 2017.
An outspoken campaigner for girls’s football growth, earlier this month Harvey strongly defended U.S. Soccer from criticism it wasn’t doing sufficient to advertise the NWSL. The 39-year-old as an alternative insisted it was right down to everybody concerned with the league to advertise the product.
It’s been 16 years since Krikorian was final concerned in skilled soccer and 15 since took cost of the USWNT on the U-19 World Cup in Thailand.
All the identical, the Florida State coach should not be discounted. Since becoming a member of the Seminoles in 2005, he has gained three ACC regular-season titles and 6 ACC Tournaments, the newest of which got here in 2018.
Florida State has reached the College Cup 9 instances and has performed within the NCAA title recreation in 4 events, successful in 2014 and 2018. As far as resumes go, Krikorian’s is of the very best degree.
Arguably essentially the most left-field possibility amongst Ellis’ doable replacements, the Dutch would make for an intriguing appointment.
A former North Carolina scholar, Wiegman gained three home cups and one league title as a supervisor in Holland earlier than taking cost of the nationwide aspect with spectacular outcomes.
In 2017 she guided the Oranjeleeuwinnen to victory on the Women’s European Championship—the nation’s first triumph in a serious worldwide match—and earlier this month Holland reached the World Cup ultimate, shedding 2-0 to USWNT.
Luring Wiegman away from Holland may be troublesome however the likelihood to take cost of the very best staff in ladies’s soccer may show too tempting to withstand.
Klimkova is accustomed to many of the younger gamers on USWNT roster as she’s been in cost the USWNT U-20 since 2017.
The continuity the previous Czech Republic worldwide would offer can be a lot welcome in an atmosphere the place, at instances, equilibrium was at a premium—even beneath Ellis. Additionally, a girl coach would ship a robust sign at a time when USWNT and U.S. Soccer are embroiled in a dispute over the gender pay hole.
Conversely, the very fact Klimkova didn’t take the staff previous the group stage on the U-20 World Cup final yr may depend in opposition to her.