After the Seattle Reign defeated the Boston Breakers 3-0 in their WPSL opener last week Saturday, forward Megan Rapinoe spoke about the match, and the unexpected dismissal of national team head coach Tom Sermanni.
Megan Rapinoe's Thoughts on Tom Sermanni’s “Laid Back” Approach
04/16/2014
 
COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 06:  Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States controls the ball against W...
COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 06: Megan Rapinoe #15 of the United States controls the ball against W...Getty/Doug Pensinger

After the Seattle Reign defeated the Boston Breakers 3-0 in their WPSL opener last week Saturday, forward Megan Rapinoe spoke about the match, and the unexpected dismissal of national team head coach Tom Sermanni.


The former manager of the American team received his walking papers on April 7th, or four days before the friendly against China in San Diego.

October 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; USA women's soccer head coach Tom Sermanni walks off the field after the match against New Zealand at Candlestick Park. USA defeated New Zealand 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
October 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; USA women's soccer head coach Tom Sermanni walks off the field after the match against New Zealand at Candlestick Park. USA defeated New Zealand 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsUSAToday/Kyle Terada

When questioned about Sermanni’s sudden firing, Rapinoe indicated the departure came as a surprise to the team.


“I felt like U.S. Soccer (Federation) wanted to go in a different direction,” Rapinoe said. “It wasn’t our decision as a team. But we’ll go forward with that.”


The Americans took the coaching change in stride and beat China 3-0. Jill Ellis stepped in as the interim manager for the match.


As U.S.S.F evaluates various candidates, Rapinoe noted a weakness in Sermanni’s ability to manage the team’s “big personalities.”


“Tom’s style isn’t so dominant and direct and in your face, and is much more laid back,” Rapinoe said of Sermanni’s coaching approach.


Below is the full video with Rapinoe’s comments:

 
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