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Tom Sermanni Introduced to USWNT


New U.S. Women National Team coach Tom Sermanni was formally introduced to the media today with U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, who made the announcement yesterday on U.S. Soccer’s site. Tom Sermanni, who served as Australian Women’s coach led them to the quarterfinals of the last two Women’s World Cups, but failed to make the cut for the London games this summer. His Aussie squad recently traveled to the USA for back to back games against the USWNT. The US won a tight match 2-1 on September 16th and cruised to 6-2 vicotory three days later over Sermanni’s side. The 6-2 win for the USA was a hard fought match, which saw Australia hold a 2-1, but just before the half, Alex Morgan knotted the game at two all. The US exploded with four second half goals, but Sermanni’s youthful side did hang with the US for the first half.

Sermanni will officially take the coaching reigns on January 1st, 2013 following two more friendlies against Ireland Nov. 28th and Dec. 1st, which he plans to attend. I was able to speak with the new U.S. coach about recently facing the USWNT.

Coach Tom Sermanni had this to say, “I think there’s misconception about the (U.S.) team. Teams get pigeonholed often and it’s a false perception of what they’re about. The U.S. team gets pigeonholed as a strong, physical team. This U.S. team is actually a good footballing team and they’ve got some very talented and gifted players in there. When I say footballing team I mean possession-based, technically competent team. That foundation is already there. It’s not like you’re trying to start from scratch to make a 180-degree change. It’s really just getting onto the training field with the players and trying to sort of continue to develop the style of play. It’s not just get out there to make changes. It’s continually to add to the quality of the play and to try to get the best out of the players and the squad.”

I also spoke with current midfielder Carli Lloyd about the new coach, “I am excited that we finally have a coach named to take over on Jan 1st 2013.  I have never played for Tom, but have heard positive things about his knowledge of the game as well as his character.  I think Tom brings a ton of experience and will do a great job with our team.”

The upcoming games will still be coached by Jill Ellis.

Nov. 28, 2012 U.S. Women vs. Republic of Ireland Women 7 p.m. PT JELD-WEN Field
Portland, Ore.
Dec. 1, 2012 U.S. Women vs. Republic of Ireland Women 7:30 p.m. MT University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, Ariz.