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U.S. soccer legend remembers the coach that made women’s team World Cup, Olympic champs

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It was the night time earlier than the opening recreation of the 1999 Ladies’s World Cup and players for the U.S. National workforce players had an concept. Brandi Chastain had just appeared in a nude photograph shoot they usually needed to do one thing to spoof it.

Foudy, now a commentator for ESPN, and her teammates advised Chastain there was going to be a phase targeted on the staff — which might play its first recreation the subsequent day — on the ABC News. But once they flipped on the tv, the video was enjoying as an alternative, and it showed every player on the group, naked. They strategically coated their personal elements with props like shin guards and crossword puzzles — simply as Chastain had carried out.

Their coach, Tony DiCicco, went proper together with it.

“We pulled pranks on a regular basis and he went together with it,” she stated. “I think of Steve Kerr with the Warriors and (I feel) it that was a very comparable vibe, where you could have a coach that understands that stability and allows you to be you.”

DiCicco, who took over the staff in 1994 and guided it to a groundbreaking 1996 Olympic gold medal and 1999 World Cup, died on Monday after a long illness. He was 68. Foudy stated what made him such a special and successful coach was his capacity to make the group into a cohesive unit that functioned not just as a workforce, however as a family.

“Everyone knows there’s X’s and O’s and techniques but to be able to convey a workforce together in a approach that he was capable of persistently is what I really like most about him,” she stated. “And to do it with such a joy that if you have been doing what you have been doing we used to typically say, ‘We receives a commission to do this? Oh my gosh.’ That will probably be his legacy and spirit that reside on because it lives on in all of his players who at the moment are impacting individuals in an analogous means.”

After resigning from the U.S. Ladies’s National Group in 1999 to spend extra time together with his family, DiCicco helped start and served as commissioner for the Ladies’s United Soccer Association – the first run at knowledgeable ladies’s league — and coached in the Ladies’s Professional Soccer League until 2011. He also took over the U.S. U-20 national staff in 2008, main a squad that featured present USWNT players Alex Morgan, Sydney Leroux-Dwyer, Meghan Klingenberg and Alyssa Naeher to an U-20 World Cup championship.

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