United States Women’s National Team head coach Jill Ellis opted to step down Tuesday following back-to-back World Cup titles with the team.
Ellis, who has been the team’s head coach since 2014, has been as successful as possible winning the sport’s greatest prize in two straight tournaments. Some of Ellis’ coaching decisions received some flak leading up to this year’s cup games, but every single move paid off on the way to victory. Ellis will continue to coach during a five-game victory tour, according to insider Jef Kassouf.
USWNT’s Jill Ellis is stepping down as coach, per @JeffKassouf
Ellis won back-to-back World Cups with the team pic.twitter.com/vNDyUaVLAI
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Calling it quits after yet another women’s title, Ellis ends her tenure with the best women’s soccer team in the world. A frontrunner for the job has not yet been named, although I’m sure the media would go absolutely insane if Megan Rapinoe decided to accept the offer. (RELATED: U.S. Soccer Federation President Says The Women’s National Team Has Lost $27.5 Million Since 2009)
Say what you want about the political attention the team received, but the team was and is insanely good. Led by Alex Morgan and Rapinoe, the team looked to be a lock for the title once the tournament started. Even through adversity with injuries and tough calls, the team played outstanding soccer.
Maybe the men’s national team should try to hire the newly departed Ellis to try to fix the team’s current woes. I mean they have honestly tried everything else. If they miss another World Cup, it would be an embarrassment to American sports.
To be completely honest, I don’t think it even matters who the next coach is because of how dominant this team truly is. Just another example in this case that America is No. 1.