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Immediately after the announcement, two of the most respected Americans in the women’s game had plenty of positive things to say about Sermanni.
ESPN analyst and USWNT legend Julie Foudy told ESPN, “Sermanni has taken a team and done incredible things...Half of the team are 16-year-olds. That is incredibly impressive to me. But what has always impressed me the most about Tom from knowing him personally is he's just one of the stand-up, quality, really ethical, really positive guys that is a wonderful manager of people. I've never met anyone, friend or enemy, that doesn’t just love him."
Former USWNT head coach Tony DiCicco, while obviously upset he did not get the job and taking a few digs at U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, also told ESPN that Sermanni was a good choice.
"I'm going to be honest with you, I thought I was the best candidate and I still do," said DiCicco. "I'm disappointed that [Gulati] thinks so little of American coaches. But it's hard to say for me that he didn't make a good choice. Tom Sermanni is a good choice and can -- as so many of us can -- win with this team."
The search committee that selected Sermanni also included two former USWNT players, Danielle Slaton and footballing legend Mia Hamm. It is tough to think that Sermanni would have been selected without their blessing.
Also, according to ESPN commentator Adrian Healey, a number of the current USWNT players wanted Sermanni as the next coach.