Nearly a month away from leading the United States to the Women’s World Cup championship, head coach Jill Ellis received her reward Tuesday, agreeing to a multi-year contract to coach the women’s national team in the next World Cup cycle. Yes, multiple outlets reported.
The Washington Post first reported the news, adding that Ellis’ contract had been canceled last week so that the two sides could work on a new deal. The Post reported that Ellis “is expected to guide the team through the 2019 World Cup in France and perhaps the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.” The next major international event on the calendar is the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
ESPN reported that US Soccer confirmed the news. and that a news conference is scheduled for Wednesday, at which time a formal announcement will be made.
Ellis, 48, coached the United States to its third WWC title, and first since 1999, with a 5–2 victory over Japan on July 5 in Vancouver, Canada. Especially on offense, during group play and even in early knockout games.
Next up for the Americans is a 10-match winning streak, which begins with an August 16 match against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh, which can be seen live on Fox Sports 1.