Ellis hire makes sense for U.S. Soccer

Updated: May 16, 2014, 5:04 PM ET
By Julie Foudy | espnW.com

Forty days after the surprise firing of Tom Sermanni, U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati on Friday named Jill Ellis coach of the U.S. women's national team.

With the Women's World Cup a little more than a year away, Ellis was selected from a short list of candidates: Only Olympic and World Cup winning coach Tony DiCicco, Sweden's Tyreso FC head coach Tony Gustavsson, a former assistant to Pia Sundhage, and Ellis, U.S. Soccer's Development Director, were interviewed.

Ellis, 47, ...

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