U.S. Soccer tabs Australia’s Tom Sermanni as new Women’s National Team coach


After an Australian Women’s National Team match against the United States in September, NBC Sports’ Kyle Martino asked head coach Tom Sermanni about his interest in the U.S. Women’s job. The 58-year-old Scot, who has coached Australia since leaving the U.S. club scene in 2003, called Pia Sundhage’s former position the best coaching job in the world.

On Tuesday, Sermanni was named to that position, becoming the seventh head coach in U.S. Women’s National Team history. He start his new job on Jan. 1.

In an announcement posted to U.S. Soccer’s website, federation president Sunil Gulati trumpeted Sermanni’s experience and familiarity with the U.S. game.

“After an extensive search and interview process, we believe Tom Sermanni is the right person at the right time to lead our Women’s National Team … He has the knowledge, experience and vision to take on the challenge of keeping our team at the top of the world. He has a tremendous passion for the game, knows the American players, understands our system and knows the process of preparing a team for a World Cup tournament.”


“U.S. Soccer has always been at the forefront of supporting the women’s game, and it’s exciting to coach the team in this next chapter of its history. After coaching against many of these players for years, I am looking forward to working with an accomplished group of veterans while integrating the numerous talented young players who are itching for a chance to prove themselves.”

Though Sermanni wasn’t one of the favorites, he’s been linked with the job since Sundhage resigned. He’s well-respected for his work (both in the States and in Australia), and his hiring is the result of a long, thorough search by Gulati and U.S. Soccer.

When speaking to the press, Gulati always insisted at least one international candidate was in the picture. Between the perpetual link and today’s the hiring of Sermanni, it looks like that candidate was always near the center, even if double-digit people were interviewed.

We’ll have reaction, analysis, perspective on the appointment as the day unfolds, but for now, we’ll let the announcement sink in. U.S. Soccer has tabbed Australia national team coach Tom Sermanni to replace Pia Sundhage.

Klopp to the Kop: Multiple reports say deal agreed at Liverpool

TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 24:  Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp shouts to his players during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 match between Juventus and Borussia Dortmund at Juventus Arena on February 24, 2015 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Jurgen Klopp is on his way to Liverpool to sign a contract naming him the next coach of the Reds.

The celebrated manager, 48, has been on “hiatus” from football since leaving Borussia Dortmund last season.

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Reports starting emerging earlier today that an agreement was imminent, and now the BBC is among those reporting that Klopp will be rolled out Friday morning.

From the BBC:

No contract has yet been signed but that is viewed as a formality when Klopp arrives in Liverpool later on Thursday. He will be officially unveiled by Liverpool on Friday morning at 10:00 BST.

There’s not much to say besides this: Klopp’s addition to the Premier League will give more color and brilliance to the country’s footballing scene. Only a certain class of manager can be instantly expected to find a better system for an inherited group of players.

This could and should be a game changer on Merseyside.

Appeal rejected! Lionel Messi will face court trial in Spain

VIGO, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 23:  Lionel Messi looks dejected after the La Liga match between Celta Vigo and FC Barcelona at Estadio Balaidos on September 23, 2015 in Vigo, Spain.  (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)
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It was a mere 48 hours ago that Lionel Messi looked close to in the clear when it came to tax evasion charges.

Now the question is whether a Spanish court will lock away the greatest active footballer, as a judge rejected the prosecutors’ (!!!) request to drop the charges.

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Messi and his father have already made a $5.5 million corrective payment, but there’s principle in play here. And the judge wants to know how Messi can claim he had no idea what was being done with his money.

From the BBC:

Lawyers acting on behalf of the tax authorities demanded 22-month jail sentences for both defendants.

“There are rational signs that the criminality was committed by both accused parties,” wrote the judge in a court filing, according to the AFP news agency.

Can you imagine one of the world’s richer men ending up in a Spanish prison? It’s very difficult to consider. In some ways it’s more plausible that he would buy his own island and start the “Messi Isle Premiership”.

Still, we won’t laugh off the idea, especially with FIFA apparently going down. Messi in prison. That’s something. Sepp in Switzerland. Lionel in Spain.