By Sunday night, he was out of a job.
“We want to thank Tom for his service over the past year and half, but we felt that we needed to go in a different direction at this time,” U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati said in a statement. “We will begin looking for a new coach immediately to guide our women’s national team toward qualifying for the 2015 FIFA women’s World Cup.”
He previously spent eight years coaching Australia’s women’s team, leading the Matildas to the quarterfinals of the last two Women’s World Cups.
The U.S. squad was unbeaten last year under Sermanni, winning 13 matches and drawing three, but struggled at the recent Algarve Cup.
The seventh-place finish included a 1-0 loss to Sweden and former U.S. coach Pia Sundhage, ending a two-year, 43-game unbeaten streak. It was Sermanni’s first loss as the U.S. coach.
Sermanni’s sacking was announced a few hours after Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe scored in the Americans’ 2-0 victory over China. The Americans held China to one shot on goal while running their home unbeaten streak to 81 games (71 wins, 10 draws).
“I’m disappointed that things didn’t work out, but I’d like to thank U.S. Soccer for the opportunity to have coached this team and also the staff and players for all their hard work,” Sermanni said in the national governing body’s statement.
The Americans have won the last three Olympic gold medals, including two under Sundhage, but haven’t won the World Cup since 1999.