Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Sundhage applies golden touch
Washington Post PostLeadership, August 10th, 2012 4:01PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  olympics, women's national team

MOST COMMENTED

They don't hand out gold medals at the Olympics to coaches, but a lot of credit for the USA's success should go to its coach, Pia Sundhage, writes Jena McGregor in the Washington Post's PostLeadership blog. All the former Swedish international has done since taking over as head coach in 2008 is lead the USA to two gold medals at the Olympics and second place at the 2011 Women's World Cup.

Sundhage, whose first team meeting included her rendition of Bob Dylan’s "The Times They Are A-Changin'," isn't your typical coach. Indeed, some might wonder about her laissez-faire approach.

When goalie Hope Solo ranted about Brandi Chastain on Twitter, Sundhage said she asked her star: “If you look at the women's national team, what do you want [people] to see? What do you want them to hear?”

Sundhage, who added that she doesn't punish people, brought the U.S. women together after Solo's divisive comments following the 4-0 loss to Brazil in the 2007 Women's World Cup semifinals in which she was benched. Sundhage's advice to Solo’s teammates was “not to forget but to forgive.”

Sundhage’s prowess at team-building and calm demeanor was worth its weight in gold to the USA.

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Reports: Bale to Miss Crucial Week for Real     
According to reports on Monday, Gareth Bale will miss a crucial week for Real Madrid after ...
Injured Lampard to Miss City's Trip to CSKA    
Frank Lampard was carried off on a stretcher as Manchester City beat Tottenham 4-1 at the ...
Report: Shakhtar Stadium Damaged in Ukraine War    
Shakhtar Donetsk's Donbass Arena suffered serious damage from gunfire on Monday despite the recent ceasefire agreed ...
Mourinho Swipes at National Team Coaches    
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho took a swipe at Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on Monday, by ...
Bundesliga: Heaven for Bayern, Hell for BVB    
Pep Guardiola once again lavished high praise on Philipp Lahm after the Bayern Munich veteran put ...
Enrique Dismisses Messi Substitution Row     
Did Lionel Messi refuse to be taken off during Barcelona's 3-0 win against Eibar? No matter ...
Hart: Aguero "Useless" in Practice Sessions    
Sergio Aguero, Manchester City's four-goal hero against Tottenham on Saturday, is apparently "useless" at times during ...
Arena: 'We Need to Start Focusing on Playing'    
Bruce Arena suggested that Landon Donovan's long MLS goodbye has become a distraction following the Los ...
Platini: Blatter No Longer Serves Soccer    
UEFA President Michel Platini on Friday launched perhaps his most scathing criticism of FIFA President Sepp ...
Gundogan Back for BVB; Reus, Mkhitaryan Close    
Ilkay Gundogan is set to put 14 months of injury misery behind him on Saturday when ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives