U.S. Soccer fired women’s national team coach Tom Sermanni hours after a 2-0 victory against China in Commerce City, Colorado, yesterday.
Jill Ellis, U.S. Soccer’s director of development, will take over on an interim basis ahead of another game against the Chinese in San Diego on April 10, the governing body said in a statement on its website.
Sermanni, a 59-year-old Scot, previously coached the Australia women’s team. The U.S. won one of four matches at the Algarve Cup in Portugal last month, losing to Sweden and Denmark and tying with Japan.
“We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and a half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in the statement.
Gulati said U.S. Soccer will immediately begin looking for a replacement coach ahead of the qualifying campaign for the 2015 women’s World Cup in Canada. The U.S. lost to Japan in a penalty shootout in the 2011 tournament final.
In the same statement, Sermanni, who finished with an 18-2-4 record, said he was disappointed that “things didn’t work out” and thanked staff and players for their hard work.