By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
The US Women’s National soccer team won the World Cup for the third time and first since 1999 in June. The head coach of that team, Jill Ellis, is now reaping the rewards. US Soccer and Ellis have agreed to a multi-year extension according to a story on ussoccer.com.
“When we hired Jill, we all knew the great challenge that was ahead of her and the team,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati. “She met that challenge with tremendous passion and knowledge to win what was perhaps the most difficult Women’s World Cup tournament in history. As we look towards the Rio Olympics and build towards the 2019 World Cup in France, we think Jill is the ideal person to lead the next generation of the Women’s National Team.”
The win in the World Cup came just one year after Ellis took over as the head coach of the team in May 2014. The new contract extension as US Soccer President Sunil Galati said, will take the coach through the next World Cup qualifying cycle and through the 2019 World Cup to be held in France.
The terms of the contract are currently undisclosed, but will become public when the US Soccer Federation’s financial statements become public next year. The USWNT will next be in action on August 16th against Costa Rica at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh as part of their World Cup Victory Tour.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him. Agree/Disagree? Thoughts, comments, complaints? Email or tweet him.