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Contract of US Pro Women's Soccer Coach is Not Renewed


The U.S. Soccer Federation is searching for a new coach to lead the women's national team after the organization announced it is not renewing the contract for Greg Ryan.

U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati announced Monday that Ryan's nearly three-year tenure as the team's head coach will end when his contract expires at the end of 2007.

Gulati said after looking closely at the last six weeks and the team's performance at the recent Women's World Cup in China, U.S. Soccer decided to change the leadership of the U.S. Women's National Team. The U.S. women placed third at the World Cup, where Ryan had been criticized about some of his moves and tactics, particularly switching goalkeepers before the semifinal loss to Brazil.

Still, Ryan finishes his career with an impressive official record of 45-1-9.

An announcement on the new coach is expected in the next 30 to 45 days.

The favored U.S. women suffered a lopsided 4-0 defeat to Brazil and ended up third at the World Cup. Even though keeper Hope Solo had not allowed a goal in nearly 300 minutes, Ryan started 36-year-old veteran Briana Scurry.

While Scurry was the goalie when the U.S. had won the World Cup in 1999 and Olympic gold in 2004, Ryan's decision was heavily criticized by the media. Solo also criticized her coach.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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