Ryan Out As US WNT Coach

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced today that the contract of U.S. Women’s National Team head coach Greg Ryan will not be renewed when it expires at the end of 2007, ending his nearly three-year tenure as the team’s head coach.

“At the conclusion of each world championship cycle, every national team’s performance is closely analyzed,” said Gulati in making the announcement. “There are many factors considered in this analysis, and it certainly isn’t just about one loss or one particular coaching decision. In this case, after looking closely at the last six weeks and the team’s performance at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, we have made a decision to change leadership of the U.S. Women’s National Team. I want to thank Greg Ryan and his staff for their work over the last two-plus years. We look forward to the continued development of our National Team as one of the best in the world.”

The decision was made after a review of the team’s third-place finish at the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup in China. Ryan finishes his career with an official record of 45-1-9, after originally joining the team as head coach in January, 2005. Ryan also served as an assistant coach for the team in 2004.

The search will be led by a three-person committee made up of Gulati, U.S. Soccer Secretary General Dan Flynn and Hall of Fame Women’s National Team forward Mia Hamm. An announcement on the new coach is expected in the next 30 to 45 days.

The U.S. team will return to training in January and will play a full schedule of domestic and international games in preparation for qualifying for the 2008 Olympic Women’s Soccer Tournament in Beijing, China.

Press release courtesy of www.ussoccer.com


  • Firestarter

    It was about time, there gave him his pink slip.

  • deosoc@comcast.net

    I too am happy to see US soccer reccognized our women’s team needed new leadership sooner than later. I’m very disappointed in the lack of support shown to goalkeep ,Solo, by her high profile teammates involved with team sponsor ,Nike. Remember the the lame slogan ,’The Greatest Team You’ve Never Heard Of’. Some of the promo merchadise said ,’Mess With My Teammate You Mess With Me’. I would have liked to have heard that the team was a team that arrived at the keeper change not the idiocratic decision that ensued. Surely the women , the defense for one voice,I’m thinking, would have been more comfortable with original lineup.My friends and I traveled to China to support the US team at Tian jin and were so proud of them vs. England. We were so shocked by the chages vs. Brazil. Needless to say hindsight is 20/20 but I believe the change was detriMENTAL.Congrats to the German women who certainly deserved to win it all. They were spectacular! I am curious to know how the million dollars was distibuted among the winnners.