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September 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Pia Sundhage to step down as USWNT coach (Saturday links)

us logo small.jpgBig news came out Saturday morning that U.S. women’s national team coach Pia Sundhage will be stepping down to pursue opportunities in her native Sweden.

Sundhage was hired in November of 2007 and went 88-6-10 with the U.S. women, including two Olympic gold-medal runs and a trip to the 2011 Women’s World Cup final, which the team lost to Japan on penalty kicks.

“She deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the amazing success the U.S. Women’s National Team had during the past five years,” said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati in a news release. “On behalf of U.S. Soccer, we sincerely appreciate Pia’s hard work, dedication and commitment to the organization. We wish her all the best in the future.”

The search for Sundhage’s replacement will begin immediately but there is no timetable regarding the next hire.

“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 the release.

Any thoughts? Let’s get to some links:

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Here’s a good tracker of Friday’s transfer deadline drama before the European window closed. The big move was Clint Dempsey‘s to Tottenham, which was a little bit of a surprise. In other action involving Americans, Oguchi Onyewu moved to Spain’s Malaga, a UEFA Champions League team. Carlos Bocanegra landed at Racing Santander in Spain and Maurice Edu, as expected, finalized a move to Stoke City.

— In a couple MLS links: SI.com takes a look at the resurgence of veteran forward Alan Gordon in San Jose and here’s a look at the Sounders from a Dallas perspective.

FOXSports.com has a feature on Geoff Cameron, who is settling in at Stoke City.

— The UW men’s soccer team improved to 3-0 last night with a 3-2 win over Wisconsin. Dylan Tucker-Gangnes scored twice, including the winner. The Husky women improved to 4-0.

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