It’s been a rough month for U.S. women’s soccer coach Greg Ryan. According to U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, he will not have his contract renewed, which expires at the end of the year.
“I’m not going to point to any one factor or one individual decision,” Gulati said. “Obviously, coaches’ decisions impact games. All that was weighed in.”
The U.S. team was favored to win the World Cup last month but lost in the semifinals after he switched out goalie Hope Solo for veteran Brianna Scurry. And we’ve all heard Hope Solo’s comments regarding that switch by now…
Gulati, U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn, and retired soccer star Mia Hamm will be on the search committee for a new coach, which they expect to hire in the next 30 to 45 days. They’ll be looking for someone who has experience coaching at the international level and is familiar with American soccer (gee, that would help). The team is scheduled to resume training in January for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ryan had taken over as coach for the team in 2005 and had an impressive record – 45-1-9, but the one loss and his controversial decision to switch out Solo for Scurry seems to have cost him his job.