Sky Blue FC, winner of the inaugural Women's Professional Soccer championship, hired its fourth coach in 18 months when it named Finn Pauliina Miettinen
as its new head coach. Never heard of Miettinen?
Miettinen was a three-time All-American at Division II power Franklin Pierce and
later worked under former Franklin Pierce coach Mark Krikorian
as a team manager and later assistant at Florida State, where Krikorian is the head coach.
Miettinen, who made 26 international appearances as a goalkeeper for Finland and starred for HJK, is currently in her first head coaching job at Finnish club PK-35.
tied with Sport for first place with two games to play in the Veikkausliiga, Finland's top league.
Sky Blue's revolving door began when Ian
, husband of Julie Foudy
, was fired in May. Assistant Kelly Lindsey
took over but abruptly resigned late
in the regular season.
U.S. national team captain Christie Rampone
was then named player-coach and guided Sky Blue FC to the playoffs, which it
won with a three-game sweep. Afterward, Rampone revealed she was pregnant. She is due in March and is not expected to play again until June.