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: