Pia Sundhage has led the U.S. Women's national team to two Olympic gold medals during her four years in charge, but that wasn't enough to keep her around for another four years.
Sundhage's desire to return to her native Sweden has led her to decide to leave the U.S. team
“It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them,” Sundhage said in a statement released by U.S. Soccer. “I want to thank all the players and all of my assistant coaches for making me better. Before I took this job, I always admired the spirit and character of the U.S. team, but to experience that first-hand on the training field and from the bench as their coach was truly special and something I will treasure for the rest of my life."
Sundhage compiled a record of 88-6-10 during her four years in charge of the women's national team, leading the team to two Olympic gold medals and the team's first World Cup final appearance since 1999.
The search for a new head coach is already underway, with no timetable set for a new hire.
The news comes on the same day the U.S. Women's national team is set to play its first match since beating Japan in the Olympic Final.
What do you think of this development? Impressed with Sundhage's tenure? Who do you see replacing her?
Share your thoughts below.