Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

U.S. Women’s Soccer Fires Coach Sermanni Hours After Victory

Don't Miss Out —
Follow us on:
Soccer Coach Tom Sermanni
Soccer coach Tom Sermanni previously coached the Australia women’s team. Photographer: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

April 7 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at Peter-Joseph Hegarty

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.