May 27, 2014
GUSTAVSSON JOINS ELLIS' STAFF
Former assistant brought back to USWNT
CHICAGO - Tony Gustavsson has been named assistant coach for the.U.S. Women's National Team by head coach Jill Ellis.
"Tony will be an excellent addition to our coaching staff," said Ellis. "We have worked together before and I am delighted to have him come on board as we move toward Women's World Cup qualifying. He brings tremendous international experience and a fantastic energy to our program. I am excited to have him join us."
Gustavsson, 40, was on fellow Sweden native Pia Sundhage's staff for the 2012 Olympics, helping the USA to the gold medal at Wembley Stadium in London. He returns to U.S. Soccer after a successful stint as head coach of Tyresö FF in the Damallsvenskan, Sweden's premier women's league. Tyresö, which is based in Stockholm, won the league title in 2012.
Five U.S. Women's National Team players, Christen Press, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris, made major contributions to Tyreso's 2013/2014 Champions League run, which reached last week's Final in Lisbon, where it fell to Wolfsburg of Germany, 4-3, in a dramatic end-to-end match. Gustavsson coached the squad to a second-place finish in the Damallsvenskan last season, earning a Champions League berth for 2014/2015.
"I'm really looking forward to being back with the U.S. team again," said Gustavsson. "I have great respect for these players, their work ethic and their desire to keep progressing as individuals and as a team. I'm excited to contribute to that process through any role Jill asks of me."