Pia Sundhage stepped down as head coach of the U.S. women's soccer team to pursue opportunities in her home country of Sweden, ussoccer.com reported Saturday.
Sundhage compiled an 86-6-10 record as the U.S. coach since taking the job in 2007. The team most recently won a gold medal in the London Olympics. She won 11 tournament titles, including three Algarve Cup titles in Portugal and two Olympic gold medals.
"It was an honor to be able to coach these players for five years and I learned a tremendous amount from them," Sundhage said. "I want to thank all the players and all of my assistant coaches for making me better. Before I took this job, I always admired the spirit and character of the U.S. team, but to experience that first-hand on the training field and from the bench as their coach was truly special and something I will treasure for the rest of my life.
"Although it is time to move on, I'd like to thank U.S. Soccer for this wonderful opportunity and I wish this team and the players all the best in the future."
U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati and U.S. Soccer CEO/Secretary General Dan Flynn said they are beginning the search for a new coach right away but there is no set timetable for when the job will be filled.
"After the Olympics we had discussions and early in the process it became clear that Pia was very interested in returning home to Sweden," Gulati said. "It certainly wasn't an easy decision for U.S. Soccer or Pia. She deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the amazing success the U.S. Women's National Team had during the past five years. On behalf of U.S. Soccer, we sincerely appreciate Pia's hard work, dedication and commitment to the organization. We wish her all the best in the future."