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New US women’s coach to be named on Friday

On Friday the U.S. Soccer Federation will name a new women’s national team coach.

USSF President Sunil Gulati will discuss the new coach on a media conference call at 2 p.m. ET.

Current interim coach Jill Ellis and Tyresö coach Tony Gustavsson — who was a U.S. assistant in 2012 under Pia Sundhage — have long been considered the front-runners for the job. Ex-U.S. boss Tony DiCicco was also interviewed for the position, but he was informed by U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn on Wednesday that he would not be getting the job.

The timing of the announcement — a week before Tyresö plays in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final and at 8 p.m. Swedish time on a Friday night — along with word I’ve been getting, indicates that the choice is Ellis. There are unconfirmed reports here and here that support that as well.

It will all be official on Friday.


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