Ex-U.S. women's coach DiCicco takes over U-20 team

January 25, 2008

CHICAGO -- Tony DiCicco, the U.S. women's national team coach from 1994-99, took over the U.S. under-20 women's squad Friday.

DiCicco replaces Jillian Ellis, who has been hired by current U.S. women's national team head coach Pia Sundhage as an assistant on her staff through the 2008 Olympics, should the United States qualify in April.

DiCicco won 103 matches with the national team, leading the squad to victories in the 1996 Olympics and 1999 Women's World Cup.

The under-20 team will attempt to qualify for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup being held in Chile from Nov. 20-Dec. 7.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to coach an elite group of talented and motivated U.S. players," DiCicco said.


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