Former USWNT Coach Tony DiCicco Dies at Age 68

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

CARY, NC - JUNE 19:  WUSA Commissioner Tony DiCicco attends the WUSA All-Star Game on June 19, 2003 at SAS Stadium in the Cary, North Carolina.  The World All-Stars won 3-2.  (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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Former United States women's national soccer team coach Tony DiCicco died Monday at the age of 68.     

The news was confirmed by his son, Anthony DiCicco, who released a family statement Tuesday:

The Connecticut-born DiCicco took over as head coach of the USWNT in 1994 and held the post for five years.

He led the side to its first-ever Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta, and his tenure culminated with a win at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup. With the championship game tied at 0-0 after extra time, the U.S. beat China 5-4 on penalties at the Rose Bowl in California.

Many paid tribute to DiCicco via Twitter, including 1991 and 1999 Women's World Cup winner Julie Foudy, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and former USMNT defender Alexi Lalas:

DiCicco also led the United States women's team to victory at the 2008 U-20 FIFA Women's World Cup, with Sydney Leroux and Alex Morgan netting in the final against North Korea.     

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