US Soccer has sacked women’s coach Tom Sermanni just hours after he led the team to a 2-0 win over China PR.
The shock move of dismissing the former Australia boss, who took over from Pia Sundhage in October 2012, was explained by federation president Sunil Gulati.
"We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time," Gulati said in a statement. "We will begin looking for a new coach immediately to guide our Women's National Team toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup."
The 59-year-old Scot, who won 18 of his 24 matches in charge, but endured a disappointing Algarve Cup campaign, in which the US finished seventh, also reacted to the decision. He said: "I'm disappointed that things didn't work out, but I'd like to thank US Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work."
USA’s director of development, Jill Ellis, has been appointed as interim head coach while his employers search for Sermanni’s successor. FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying for the US begins with the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in October.